Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama told a local television affiliate last weekend that “immigration is a part of Ebola.”
Brooks also told Huntsville-based CBS affiliate WHNT that “some of these diseases are coming from abroad,” mentioning Ebola and the enterovirus specifically. The Alabama Congressman also said the president refuses to enforce current immigration law, putting Congress in a difficult position.
“Let me emphasize something in the context of your question. Immigration is a part of Ebola, is a part of this new virus, that is I say ‘new’ in quotation marks because it’s relatively new to the degree we’ve seen it in the United States of America that is taking the lives of American children, that is causing partial or complete paralysis of American children. All of this is related to immigration because some of these diseases are coming from abroad.
“By way of example, there was a study in 2013… I think it was called the enterovirus that is causing the death and paralysis of young children in America, that thousands of residents of Central American countries were found with this illness over a year ago in 2013.
“And now because the southern border is not being protected, one has to wonder whether this sudden surge of illegal alien children along with the normal numbers of illegal aliens coming into America might have contributed to the spread of this disease, which heretofore was not very widespread in the United States of America. So all of it’s tied together.”
“Now with respect to immigration, I want to emphasize something first and foremost, there is no nation on earth that is [as] compassionate or as generous as the United States of America is with respect to immigration. We as a country give more citizenships–our highest honor–to immigrants, than almost every other nation on earth combined. So that’s pretty compassionate with respect to our legal immigration.
“So we need to focus on the people who refuse to obey our laws, who cross our borders illegally, who undermine the wages of American workers by cutting them, who take jobs from American families that need them, who risk our healthcare with things like Ebola and the enterovirus, who adversely affect our schools over in Decatur right now, because of the President having shipped illegal aliens, children to the Decatur school system, now they’re having to cut back on some of their kindergarten programs because we have limited resources and finances. So there are a lot of cascading effects, and my position has been very sound in my judgment.
“First and foremost, we have to focus on Americans. And what it is in the best interest of Americans. And I agree with Senator Jeff Sessions, and I stand with Senator Jeff Sessions. I’m willing to do whatever I can lawfully do to secure our southern border and enforce our laws.
“But however, having said that, the President is our CEO. He’s the one responsible for enforcing our laws. And he has chosen not to. And that puts us in a very difficult position in the United States Congress, particularly when the United States Senate gives the President cover.”
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