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Brooks supports Trump’s use of the military on the border

Congressman Mo Brooks

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, expressed support for President Trump’s decision to deploy the armed forces to defend the United States’ southern border against a caravan of thousands of Central Americans who openly declared that they seek to illegally cross America’s southern border.

“I fully support President Trump’s use of any and all means, including America’s military, to protect and secure America’s borders from a mob of 10,000 foreigners arrogantly marching with impunity to illegally cross into America,” Brooks said in a statement. “President Trump’s use of military force to protect America’s southern border is mandated by the commander-in-chief’s oath of office and Constitutional duties.”

“Open borders Democrats betray America by obstructing attempts to secure our border,” Brooks said. “In 2016, Sixty-three million Americans voted to secure America’s borders. Yet, for partisan, political reasons open borders Democrats support illegal immigration and defend people hell bent on invading our country.”

“This caravan of invaders must be stopped,” Brooks concluded. “There is no justifiable reason to accept false claims of asylum or allow illegal entry into America. America’s use of military force sends an unmistakably strong message to the world that our borders must be secure and America’s sovereignty will be respected and upheld.”

The new Mexican President offered the Central American marchers asylum in Mexico; including benefits but they rejected the Mexican offer.

A week ago today, on Thursday, October 18, President Trump promised to call upon the military to stop the caravan of foreigners from illegally entering America,

President Trump said on Twitter, “I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S………In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!……The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws!”

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CREDO Mobile opposes sending troops to the border.

In response to reports that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to send 800 or more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border CREDO-Action released a statement.

“Sending troops to the U.S./Mexico border is a desperate political stunt designed to energize Trump’s anti-immigrant supporters in advance of the midterm elections,” said CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess. “The caravan is in no way a threat and Sec. Mattis should be refusing to use U.S. military personnel as political props in Trump’s war on immigrants. All Americans should be concerned about Trump’s increasingly frantic attempts to stir up animosity and incite violence against people of color, the media and his political opponents.”

CREDO Mobile is part of CREDO Action, a social change network of over five million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change. CREDO normally supports Democratic candidates and Progressive causes.

Monday, the Pentagon reported that the 800 troops were already on the border to support the border patrol.  An additional 200 troops will arrive Monday night and a total of 5,200 troops will be sent to the border over the course of this week.

Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. He is seeking in his fifth term in the House of Representatives. Brooks faces retired Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion (D) in the November 6 general election.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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