At a town hall in June of 2011, the Alabama congressman claimed he would do “anything short of shooting" undocumented immigrants to remove them from the U.S..
- Rep. Brooks has openly associated with the anti-immigrant lobby for years, and has participated at events with FAIR and CIS.
- He is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event, and in addition to citing FAIR’s research on the House floor, he has attended multiple events sponsored by CIS.
- Brooks touts CIS’ endorsement of legislation he sponsors, and was a recipient of Tanton’s political action committee USIRPAC in 2014 and 2016.
Beliefs and Associations
- On Alabama’s destructive HB 56, Brooks claimed that reports of Latino students staying home were the intended outcome of the legislation.
- Brooks complained that criticism of Senator Session’s dismal record on civil rights amounted to a “war on whites,” a phrase he had used in 2014. Unsurprisingly Brooks went back on his agreement with the RNC to stop using the divisive language.
- The Alabama Congressman supports revoking the 14th Amendment and is cosponsor of Rep. King’s H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017, which would eliminate granting automatic citizenship to the U.S.-born children to undocumented parents.
- Tanton’s US Immigration Reform PAC contributed to Brooks’ 2018 congressional campaign.
Attacks on DACA
- Brooks has been a strident opponent of allowing Dreamers to serve in the U.S. military, and has previously introduced legislation to prevent DACA recipients from doing so.
- In 2014, Brooks warned his colleagues that “all hell will break loose” if they supported legislation that would allow Dreamers to serve and be “on equal footing with American citizens for jobs in the military.”
- Additionally, Rep. Brooks cautioned lawmakers against supporting Congressman Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act on the premise of their possible loyalty to the U.S.