Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama says DREAMers should not be allowed to join our military because they're possibly disloyal to the United States and would have access to weapons of mass destruction like nuclear weapons.
"We are hired to represent American citizens," Brooks said in an interview with the Will Anderson Radio Show last month. "I don't want American citizens having to compete with illegal aliens for jobs in our military. Particularly when you take into account that, what does our military do: It defends our country."
Brooks was speaking about the ENLIST Act, a proposal by Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California that would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to gain permanent residence, and eventually citizenship, in the United States for serving in our military.
Brooks said the loyalty of DREAMers serving in the U.S. military would have to be questioned.
"These individuals have to be absolutely 100% loyal and trustworthy, as best as we can make them, 'cause they're gonna have access to all sorts of military weaponry — even to the point of having access to weapons of mass destruction like our nuclear arsenal. And I'm gonna have much greater faith in the loyalty of an American citizen than someone who is a citizen of a foreign nation."
Brooks has found himself in hot water in recent days forclaiming multiple times that the Democratic Party is waging a "war on whites."
"This is a part of the war on whites that's being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they're launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else," Brooks said to radio host Laura Ingraham. "It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that's not true. Okay?"
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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