Congressman Brooks Opposes President Obama & Senate “Gang of 8” Amnesty Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined a press conference with five other Congressmen from Louisiana, Iowa, Arizona, and Texas to highlight the dangers of the President & Senate “Gang of 8” illegal alien amnesty bill.

Congressman Brooks speaks outside of the U.S. Capitol.

Congressman Brooks speaks outside of the U.S. Capitol.

Here is what Brooks had to say in his prepared remarks:

“In each of the past five years, 620,000 to 1.05 million foreigners have been given American citizenship.[1]

“No country on earth comes close to being as generous as America is with its citizenship.

“The immigration issue is not about whether America is compassionate and generous.  We are.  The immigration issue is about whether America has the financial resources to accept all the world’s immigrants into America.

 “There are hundreds of millions of foreigners who, if they could, would immigrate to America.

 “For example, in April 2013, a Pew Center poll revealed that 20 percent of all Mexicans said they will illegally immigrate to America if they can get away with it and another 15 percent said they would immigrate to America if they could lawfully do so.[2]  That’s 38 million people from just one country who want to immigrate to America!!!

“America suffers from four consecutive trillion dollar deficits and a soon-to-be $17 trillion total debt mark.  Unless America changes its financial path, America will suffer a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that will usher in one of the three or four worst eras in America history.

“America’s immigration policies must reflect America’s dire financial condition.  America must:

1.      Limit immigration based on how many immigrants a year our economy can absorb.

2.      Limit immigrants to net tax producers, i.e., those people who will generate more in taxes than they consume because they have:

i.      Valuable skill sets that our economy needs,

ii.    Advanced degrees and intellect that support our medical, high tech, and other intellect-driven industries, or

iii.   Financial resources that create new businesses and jobs.

3.      Enforce immigration laws.

“The President and Senate Gang of 8 push an amnesty bill that fails all three tests.  It costs American taxpayers a 50-year net tax loss of $6.3 trillion.[3] It gives amnesty to people whose first step on America soil was illegal conduct.  It does not secure America’s borders.  It relies on a President who has proven he believes he is above the law and has no intention of securing America’s borders or enforcing America’s immigration laws.

“America cannot afford to open massive immigration floodgates any more than it can afford an amnesty plan that rewards illegal conduct while adding $6.3 trillion to America’s already dangerous and exploding national debt;  a debt, I might add, that is already significantly damaging America’s economy and national security.

“I cannot in good conscience ratify illegal conduct with my vote.  Under no circumstances will I support the President and Senate Gang of 8’s amnesty plan.”

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