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Brooks speaks against amnesty for dreamers

Congressman Mo Brooks

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, gave a floor speech Tuesday in which he accused Democrats of crafting legislation to entice even more undocumented immigrants to come to the United States. Despite Brooks opposition to the bill, the U.S. House of Representatives still passed the Dream and Promise Act, which creates a pathway for citizenship for millions of persons who have entered the country illegally.

“Unprecedented tsunamis of illegal aliens are swamping Customs and Border Patrol resources on America’s porous southern border with Mexico,” Brooks said afterward in a statement on social media. “What is the Socialist Democrat response to this dangerous, life-threatening invasion? An illegal alien amnesty bill. That’s right, Socialist Democrats want to make the border crisis even worse by enticing more illegal aliens to cross our border. I spoke on the House floor this morning rebuking Socialist Democrats’ callousness. I yearn for the day that Socialist Democrats put the interests of American citizens above the interests of illegal aliens and their own craving for political power.”

“Illegal alien amnesty only begets and encourages more illegal alien conduct,” Brooks said. “About 70 percent of households with an illegal alien in them life off welfare and on the backs of American taxpayers.”

On Tuesday, the Democratic controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed HR6, the American Dream and Promise Act. The legislation would provide a path to lawful, permanent residence status and eventual citizenship for Dreamers who meet certain conditions, including completing higher education, serving in the military or holding a job. It also provides a path to lawful, permanent residence status and eventual citizenship for Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure holders.

The Dream and Promise Act offers a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS and DED holders who have spent much of their lives in the United States.

The bill passed the House of Representatives but faces an uncertain future in the Republican controlled U.S. Senate. If the Dream and Promise Act were to pass the Senate, it would still need President Donald Trump’s signature. Trump has been vocal about increasing border security and is threatening Mexico with punitive tariffs on their products if they don’t make more of an effort to stem the tide of illegal narcotics and illegal immigrants flowing into the United States.

Democrats generally favor expedited pathways for citizens for illegal aliens because immigrants vote for Democrats at much higher rates than American citizens whose grandparents were born in this country. Democrats see demographic change as a way to grow their voter base.

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Congressman Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. He is serving in his fifth term in the House of Representatives.

Brooks will be the featured speaker at the Mid Alabama Republican Club breakfast meeting on Saturday, June 8 at the Vestavia Hills Public Library. The social begins at 8:30 a.m. and the talk begins at 9 a.m.

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

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