Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States  and Department of Homeland Security’s newly released asylum rule.
Congressman Brooks said, “Each year, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens furtively thumb their noses at America’s sovereignty by clandestinely violating our borders and laws. Now, Central American caravans openly and brazenly seek to do the same. This outrageous conduct cannot be, and should not be, tolerated by America. As a sovereign nation, the American people have every right to expect their government to secure our borders.”
Brooks continued, “Illegal immigration hurts American workers and taxpayers. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illegal aliens are a net $116 billion annual cost to American taxpayers. That’s $300 in additional taxes each man, woman and child in America is forced to pay for people whose first act on American soil is to violate American law.”
Brooks concluded, “Fraud and abuse plague America’s asylum system. Let me make this clear: no one has a right to demand asylum from any nation. Asylum and sanctuary is a discretionary benefit given by nations to those with clear justification. Too often, illegal aliens are coached by attorneys to say ‘magic words’ that help them take advantage of America’s generosity. Their exploitation of America’s already generous immigration laws must stop! As such, I support President Trump’s steps to close asylum loopholes and stop the damage to America caused by illegal aliens’ wrongful conduct.”
Key information on illegal immigration and asylum:
• So far in FY18, 500,000 people apprehended attempting to cross the border, about 100,000 at checkpoints and 400,000 in the interior.
• According to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, “[i]n recent weeks, United States officials have each day encountered an average of approximately 2,000 inadmissible aliens at the southern border.”
• According to data provided by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, “[o]ver the past decade, the overall percentage of aliens subject to expedited removal and referred, as part of the initial screening process, for a credible-fear interview jumped from approximately 5% to above 40%, and the total number of credible-fear referrals for interviews increased from about 5,000 a year in Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2008 to about 97,000 in FY 2018.”
• Last year, nearly half of the completed cases that involved aliens who claimed credible fear resulted in the alien failing to show up at a hearing or even to file an application for asylum. 
 Federation for Immigration Reform: “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers”, by Matt O’Brien and Spencer Raley, September 27, 2017. https://fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers;
 See INA 208(b)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(1)(A) (the “Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General may grant asylum to an alien” who applies in accordance with the required procedures and meets the definition of a “refugee”);
 U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Southwest Border Migration Fy2018; https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-border-migration
 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/09/2018-24594/aliens-subject-to-a-bar-on-entry-under-certain-presidential-proclamations-procedures-for-protection; see alsohttps://cis.org/sites/default/files/2018-09/EOIR_Credible%20Fear_USCIS%20Proceedings%20Table.pdf
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Washington, DC— Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued a statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation.
Congressman Brooks said, “Jeff Sessions honorably and ably served as a United States Attorney, Alabama Attorney General, United States Senator, and U.S. Attorney General. Throughout his long career of public service, Jeff’s deep love of country was evident in his unwavering devotion to upholding America’s foundational principles as enshrined in our Constitution. He served with integrity and dignity. I’m proud to have worked alongside him as both a prosecutor in Alabama and member of Congress.”
Brooks continued, “I have been fortunate to know Jeff Sessions for a quarter of a century. As an elected official, Jeff Sessions never wavered in his fierce defense of the Rule of Law and America’s sovereign right to defend and secure its own borders. Jeff Sessions has made Alabama proud. I wish him the best as he embarks on his next journey.”
Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) emphasized the strong Bureau of Labor Statistics October jobs report.
Congressman Brooks said, “The winning streak for American workers continued in October with increased jobs and an unchanged unemployment rate. The American economy added 250,000 jobs in October, and the overall unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%. This great news comes on the heels of the Labor Department report that wages and salaries jumped 3.1% over the last year, the highest increase in a decade. These combined numbers mean more better paying jobs for American workers.”
Brooks continued, “Job openings in America recently hit an all-time high at 7.1 million. Employers are having to compete for workers, driving up wages. According to the Commerce Department, from October 2017 to October 2018 average weekly earnings for American workers increased by $31.28.”
Brooks concluded, “Since January 2017, the U.S. economy has added 4 million jobs, and in September the unemployment rate fell to 3.7%, the lowest since 1969. The American economy and the American people continue to thrive under pro-growth, free-enterprise policies that make us all better off.”
Key takeaways from the Bureau of Labor Statistics October jobs report are:
· The African American unemployment rate improved by 1.1 percentage points (from 7.3% in October 2017 to 6.2% in October 2018).
· The Hispanic American unemployment rate improved by 0.4 percentage points (4.8% to 4.4%).
· The Caucasian American unemployment rates improved by 0.2 percentage points (3.5% to 3.3%).
· The Asian American unemployment rate inched up by 0.2 percentage points (3.0% to 3.2%).
Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) celebrated America’s 3.5% 3rd quarter Real GDP growth rate.
Congressman Brooks said, “America’s economy is firing on all cylinders! The Commerce Department’s 3rd quarter 3.5% GDP growth rate is even stronger than 2018’s year to date 3.2% growth rate! In the first three quarters of 2018, America has enjoyed a 3.3% growth rate, which is the best year for American families in over a decade!”
Brooks continued, “In January 2017, President Trump and the GOP Congress said Americans should not be satisfied with the decade of anemic economic malaise that has burdened America and suppressed incomes for struggling American families. Washington’s embrace and return to free enterprise principles, tax cuts, repeal of burdensome federal regulations, border security, and strong advocacy for fair international trade relationships has jump-started an economy long-suffering from misguided socialist, high-tax, burdensome federal dictates, costly open borders, and weak international trade policies.”
Brooks continued, “The 3rd Quarter 3.5% GDP growth rate is another pearl in a long string of victories for American families. Unemployment is at 3.7% (the lowest in a half century) , small business confidence is at a record high , federal tax revenues are at a record high , and, perhaps most importantly, the average American family’s income is UP 3.4% over the past year!”
Brooks concluded, “Congress and President Trump must not rest on our laurels. There is more we can and will do if the American people will continue to embrace free-enterprise and reject socialism because free-enterprise works, socialism doesn’t!”
Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) expressed support for President Trump’s decision to defend the United States’ southern border against invasion by the caravan of thousands of Central Americans who brazenly seek to illegally cross America’s southern border.
Congressman Brooks said, “I fully support President Trump’s use of any and all means, including America's military, to protect and secure America's borders from a mob of 10,000 foreigners arrogantly marching with impunity to illegally cross into America. President Trump’s use of military force to protect America’s southern border is mandated by the commander-in-chief’s oath of office and Constitutional duties.”
Brooks continued, “Open borders Democrats betray America by obstructing attempts to secure our border. In 2016, Sixty-three million Americans voted to secure America’s borders. Yet, for partisan, political reasons open borders Democrats support illegal immigration and defend people hell bent on invading our country.”
Brooks concluded, “This caravan of invaders must be stopped. There is no justifiable reason to accept false claims of asylum or allow illegal entry into America. America’s use of military force sends an unmistakably strong message to the world that our borders must be secure and America’s sovereignty will be respected and upheld.”
A week ago today, on Thursday, October 18, President Trump promised to call upon the military to stop the caravan of foreigners from illegally entering America, saying in multiple tweets, “I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S.........In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!......The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws!”
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On November 6, 2012, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was re-elected as the Representative for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. He proudly represents the people of North Alabama and serves on three important committees: Armed Services, Science, Space, and Technology, and Foreign Affairs.
As a sophomore member, Congressman Brooks is highly active and engaged in representing the interests of the 5th District. Brooks supports America’s missile defense technologies; he introduced successful legislation in 2011 and 2012 that blocked the White House from sharing classified missile technologies with Russia, and was adapted into the National Defense Authorization Act in FY2012. Rep. Brooks is also a vocal opponent of sequestration, voting against the Budget Control Act and called upon Administration officials to account for the consequences of sequestration in a HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on April 18, 2012.
During his first year on the Hill, Brooks founded and became co-chairman of the Army Aviation Caucus, a forum in which Members of Congress, staff, and Army leadership raise awareness for Army Aviation and seek to affect legislative priorities. The Caucus now includes more than 50 members and is one of the most active caucuses on Capitol Hill.
Growing up in North Alabama, Mo Brooks’ parents taught him early on that study and hard work were expected and required. They also taught him the importance of honesty, and to never be shy about speaking up and fighting for important principles. Brooks was born in 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina, and moved in 1963 to Huntsville, Alabama. Rep. Brooks’ father, Jack Brooks, retired from Redstone Arsenal’s Metrology Center. Brooks’ mother, Betty Brooks, taught economics and government for over 20 years at Lee High School. They still live in Madison County.
Rep. Brooks graduated from Grissom High School in 1972 (where he was all-city in baseball and an active member on two state championship debate teams). He graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.
After graduation, Rep. Brooks worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office, where he built a solid “tough-on-crime” reputation. While there, he obtained guilty verdicts in every one of the 20-plus jury trials he prosecuted. He also organized and managed the grand jury.
Rep. Brooks left the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office in 1980 to return to Huntsville as a law clerk for presiding Circuit Court Judge John David Snodgrass. In 1982, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and became one of 11 Republican legislators (out of 140 total) and the only elected Republican legislator north of Birmingham.
Brooks was reelected to the Alabama House in 1983, 1986, and 1990. While in the legislature, he was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times and was ranked number one (out of 140 legislators) by the Alabama Taxpayers’ Defense Fund in the fight to protect family incomes from higher taxes. He was also ranked in the top 20 percent by Alabama Alliance of Business & Industry on pro-jobs, tort reform, and free enterprise issues and was recognized as one of the legislature’s most effective legislators by Alabama Magazine.
In 1991, Brooks was appointed Madison County District Attorney. In 1996, he ran for the Madison County Commission and unseated an eight-year incumbent Republican. He was reelected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008. During every year except when he was serving as a prosecutor or court clerk, Brooks held a second job in private practice. In 1995-1996, he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and, from 1996-2002, was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Bill Pryor.
In 1976, Mo Brooks married Martha Jenkins of Toledo; they met at Duke University. Martha graduated from the University of Alabama with an accounting degree. She later retired as a certified public accountant and obtained a math and education major from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2005. She taught math at Whitesburg Middle School. Mo and Martha are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of four grandchildren. Rep. Brooks was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.
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