The GOP had a meltdown Thursday on immigration & AL-05 Congressman Mo Brooks was, of course, involved. According to Brooks, President Obama is “enticing these illegal alien children to America” with Happy Meals, free clothes, free healthcare, and the terrific opportunity to sleep on concrete floors in dog kennels – although he leaves out that last little factoid.
We've gotten used to Alabama's GOP Congresscritters humilating the state every time they speak in public (I'm looking at YOU, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III), but this interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes hit a new low.
It turns out, Brooks isn't just gunning (or doing anything short of shooting) for the refugee children. He wants to take out the DREAMERs as well – children brought to this country by their parents who have grown up in the country and who know no other home.
Chris Hayes: “You want to see those 500,000 children deported?”
Brooks: “The issue is, who do you focus on? I focus on American families. I focus on American families who have lost their jobs and had their incomes suppressed.
Time to buy Brooks some glasses. But, if he thinks the causes he's pushing in Congress help anybody but wealthy contributors and deep-pocketed corporations, then a simple pair of bifocals won't cut it. The man needs some sort of eye transplant not to mention an emergency infusion of compassion and basic human decency.
Brooks cries crocodile tears for the unfortunate American workers who don't have the opportunity to enjoy the healthy life of the farm worker, get intense satisfaction from cleaning hotel rooms on a per-room rate of less than $5/room, or do any other of the scut work that hardworking immigrants do every day of the week. Hmmm… Scott Beason used to be too high & mighty to get his hands dirty picking tomatoes, but now that he's about to be unemployed, perhaps he'll embark on a new career.
If Brooks is seriously interested in helping American workers, he needs to quit begrudging refugee children food & shelter and do the work we're actually paying him for. Here's where he can start:
- Raise the minimum wage. The average age of a minimum wage worker is 35, 55% work full time, and 28% support children.
- Cosponsor HR-4679, (Stop Corporate Inversion Act of 2014) and stop American corporations like Walgreens from using a tax dodge to avoid all US income taxes at the same time their American stores rake in profits from American consumers. Alternatively, he can co-sponsor HR-4985, which does much the same thing.
- Cosponsor HR-851 (Bring Jobs Home Act), which gives a tax credit to corporations that brings jobs back home to America and eliminates the tax deduction they get when they outsource jobs overseas.
I can't embed the video of Brook's interview here on the blog, but you can watch it here. And then weep for a country whose leaders think we're too poor and/or too mean to take care of desperate refugee children who have arrived on foot at our border. To be fair, these children are being treated better than many WWII refuges who came by boat. Maybe we've learned something about caring since then.
Sheesh… you'd think we have big signs up or some statue or something that invites “huddled masses” to come here and “breathe free” or something, wouldn't you?