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Mo Brooks bashes ALFA, the BCA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

In a pair of radio interviews, Brooks launched into bizarre rants against the conservative business groups, comparing them to “socialist Democrats.”

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks with a reporter as he leaves the Capitol after the final vote of the week on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

ALFA, the Business Council of Alabama and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with “socialist Democrats” to hurt America, at least according to Senate candidate Mo Brooks.

Brooks made the comments during a pair of recent radio interviews, alleging the organizations — most known for supporting conservative, business-friendly candidates — were secretly aligned with liberals in an effort to flood America with “illegals” and “cheap labor.”

“Entities like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of Alabama, ALFA or any other agricultural political union around the country” are responsible for America’s immigration issues, Brooks said during an interview on the Sean Sullivan Show in Mobile.

“They often refer to themselves as farmers bureaus,” Brooks said “They want cheap foreign labor crossing our borders. And so they have got a lot of money and they try to elect candidates. They try to ensure that their candidates for open borders get elected. So you have them on the one hand coupled by the socialist Democrats who seek political power. They think the best way to ensure power is to import people.”

All three organizations make clear on their websites — or have made clear in the past through public statements — that they do not support “open borders,” as Brooks cavalierly suggested. Instead, they support comprehensive immigration reform that puts in place clear laws that protect the nation’s borders and do not impose cumbersome regulations on businesses.

ALFA, one of Alabama’s most influential political players representing more than 300,000 farmer families around the state, recently announced its coveted endorsements for the 2022 election cycle. Brooks was passed over, with ALFA’s political arm FarmPAC supporting his opponent Katie Britt for U.S. Senate.

In at least two interviews, Brooks now has painted ALFA-endorsed candidates — including Gov. Kay Ivey, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, congressmen Barry Moore, Robert Aderholt, Mike Rogers and Jerry Carl — as open-border liberals.

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“They try to ensure that their candidates are for open borders,” Brooks said of ALFA during an interview on WVNN in Huntsville. “You’ve got them on the one hand coupled by the socialist Democrats seeking political power.”

Brooks, a U.S. House representative for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, has never sponsored a bill that became law. He most recently voted against funding the military by opposing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022.

Bill Britt is not related to Katie Britt or her husband, Wesley.

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Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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