Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) urged Senate Democrats to secure the border in order to increase wages and reduce income inequality at a press conference on Tuesday.
That press conference highlighted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blocking of a vote on legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have defunded any future executive amnesty effort. Senate Democrats at the event were called on to hold Reid to account.
“If you want to stop income inequality, then, Mr. Harry Reid, you ought to let these bills come up for a vote because that will do more to address income inequality than anything else that this United States Congress can do by decreasing the labor supply, which will force incomes and wages to go up” he declared.
Brooks emphasized the economic impact of illegal immigration on American workers, stating “right now American families are struggling … for many, the American dream is something that they will never be able to reach so long as we continue to have a huge surge of illegal aliens across our southern border.”
He further argued that the low labor participation rate is due, in large part, to “what’s happening at the southern border,” and cited a report that “roughly 8 million jobs” are currently held by illegal aliens.
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