Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, appeared on One America News’ “Tipping Point” with Liz Wheeler to discuss the EL CHAPO Act and border security. The EL CHAPO Act would pay for a border wall by using seized Mexican drug cartel funds.
Wheeler asked if any of Brooks’ Democratic colleagues think this is also a good idea.
“Well, the Democrats are not for border security,” Brooks said. “The Democrats are not for wall construction. So, as a practical matter, we’re not going to get any assistance from the Democrats for any kind of real, legitimate border security efforts. I want your audience to understand one thing, when the Democrats use the word border security, what they mean when they say they support border security is they want to help secure illegal aliens when they cross our borders so that they feel comfortable, that they’re getting the free food and the free healthcare and the free everything else. So with Democrats, they want to secure the presence of illegal aliens in American once they cross our border. But they have opposed very consistently anything that would actually prevent illegal aliens from crossing our border. It’s like pulling teeth to get the Democrats to do something that enhances border security, and even then the only way you get it is by selling them something else. They don’t on their own support border security just as a measure to protect American lives that are lost at the hands of illegal aliens and the drug cartels and the poisons that they market to our Americans.”
Wheeler asked Brooks if he got the feeling that any of his Democratic colleagues would be willing to come to the table and negotiate on border security before the deadline of Feb. 15 that could lead to a shutdown.
“I don’t see the Democrats doing anything that’s going to enhance border security, build the necessary wall, which is a huge subpart of border security, in order to save American lives,” Brooks said. “This is a key Democrat political strategy. They have discerned that illegal alien families are about 70 percent reliant on welfare for their livelihoods. They’re not self-sufficient when they come to the United States of America. Rather, they [use] American taxpayers to a large degree for their sustenance and their livelihood, and so the Democrat game plan is to try to over a long period of time make sure there is amnesty or that the members of that family otherwise are voting in American elections, and since they’re heavily dependent on welfare, that makes them an ideal voter in the eyes of Democrats — someone who can be reliably depended on to vote Democrat. Quite frankly, the Democrats don’t like the current make up of the American electorate, so they’re trying to change it, and this is part of their big strategy to do so. So if we’re able to get the Democrats to support border security one iota, I will be surprised, and America should be thankful.”
The government is funded through Feb. 15. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and other congressional leaders are in negotiations with the administration of President Donald Trump on working out a mutually acceptable budget deal to fund the government going forward. As of today, the president was still insisting that border wall funding be included in any funding deal.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, has been a strident proponent of building a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border and for tightening border security and increasing the penalties for illegally immigrating to the United States. Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.