Somos Republicans — “Hispanic Republicans specializing in political movement, mobilization and political awareness” — are calling on Mo Brooks (R, AL-05) to apologize for his recent foot in mouth episode about getting rid of undocumented immigrants.
Recently, Congressman Mo Brooks said he would do anything short of shooting illegal immigrants. Even his colleagues in Congress rebuked him. Words have consequences, and in recent years there has been a surge in hate crimes against Hispanics, such as the slaughter of a Mexican-American family of citizens by a Minutemen group in Arizona, and fifth generation Mexican-American Juan Varela who was killed by his neighbor who told him to return to Mexico. Brooks should avoid such violent rhetoric, which can easily stimulate others to acts of violence.
Mo Brooks claims undocumented immigrants “clog” emergency rooms, though numerous credible studies show undocumented immigrants use emergency rooms and healthcare in general less than U.S. Citizens. Brooks also claimed undocumented immigrants make our education system more expensive, ignoring the fact that most undocumented immigrants also pay taxes, and 73% of their children are U.S. citizens who will provide a return on our education investment when they become working age adults. Brooks claims there are too many undocumented immigrants in jail, although though credible studies show immigrants have lower crime rates than citizens. Lastly, Brooks claimed undocumented immigrants are taking jobs from citizens, when in fact most jobs filled by undocumented immigrants are not wanted by most Americans, who generally have higher educational levels.
As someone elected to Congress to solve problems, we expect Brooks to educate himself on the issues, and to know that problems are solved not by treating symptoms but by addressing root causes.
Mo Brooks should apologize for his remarks, stop bashing immigrants, and instead work with his colleagues on a complete overhaul of our broken immigration system, as proposed by Somos Republicans or others.
The Somos Republicans are making a lot of sense there, as do the Log Cabin Republicans on LGBT issues. Unfortunately, the rest of their party is too busy drinking Tea to listen to them.
Mo Brooks will hold a town hall meeting today, July 17 from 4:30PM until 6:00PM at the Whitesburg Recreation Center in Huntsville, 7300 Whitesburg Drive South.