Politics

GOP congressman on stopping illegal immigration: ‘I’ll do anything short of shooting them’

Public figures that take on illegal immigration are often trashed by the American left and the media. Consider the backlash Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer faced over her tough stance last year. One member of the House of Representatives, however, isn’t at all gun shy about his views on the issue.

Wednesday night following a town hall meeting in his northern Alabama district, Republican Congressman Mo Brooks told the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, WHNT, that he was serious about taking on the problems stemming from illegal immigration.

“I wanted to ensure people that I have an intensity on this subject — that we have to address the illegal alien issue,” Brooks said.

“They have no right to be here,” he said. “They’re clogging up our emergency rooms. They’re making our education system more expensive. And if you go to the Madison Co. [Ala.] jail, there are far too many illegal aliens there because they have victimized Americans.”

The freshman congressman defined the limits on how far he would take his efforts.

“As your congressman on the House floor, I’ll do anything short of shooting them, anything that is lawful,” Brooks said. “It needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens.”

Recently, the Alabama legislature passed what is considered to be the toughest immigration law in the nation.