“I'll do anything short of shooting them,” says Mo Brooks (R, AL-05).
Interesting the congressman didn't say anything the law allows, or anything the Constitution allows or even anything my conscience allows. He's left himself a lot of leeway. What would Mo do to get rid of illegal immigrants?
- Starve them
- Beat them
- Cheat them
- Deny them medical attention
- Make them work in unsafe conditions
- Charge them an arm & a leg (maybe even a life) just to get into this country
Oops! My bad. Those are things illegal workers already put up with just for the chance to make a (not very good) living.
“Anything short of shooting them” could open the door much wider. Tar and feathering? How about a law that says rape is OK as long as the victim is illegal? Or stealing their babies? Some folks might argue knifing is “short of shooting,” too, especially if the wound isn't deadly — although that's tricky if the victim can't get medical help.
Earlier today Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Judge Mark Kennedy said “These kinds of irresponsible remarks do an incredible disservice to our state. As a United States Representative, Congressman Brooks should know better than to engage in this kind of overblown partisan rhetoric.”
Like what Mo would do to get rid of illegal immigrants, things Mo should know better than to do (but doesn't) is pretty open-ended. Mo Brooks is undeterred by criticism that he's an embarrassment to his district and to Alabama. Don't even try to argue with him about what he will do to get rid of illegal immigrants because Mo's mind is made up — you're wrong …
The freshman congressman understands not everyone agrees with him on illegal immigration. He offers these words to all of those who don't.
“Sorry you feel that way. You are in error,” said Brooks.
In actual fact, Mo will do nothing whatsoever to get rid of illegal immigrants.
The Republican leadership in Congress has and will continue to block real immigration reform — they like being able to say the federal government isn't addressing the problem, thus pushing it down to the state level where the GOP can fear-monger on brown people for several more election cycles. Whatever Mo Brooks is willing to do to individual workers to “get rid of” illegal immigrants, here's one thing he definitely won't do: Deny their cheap, exploitable labor to the GOP's corporate sugar daddies.