ADL Criticizes Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks for Refusing to Apologize for Violent, Anti-Immigrant Remarks

July 19, 2011, Atlanta, Ga …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the comments of Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, who has refused to apologize for the violent, hateful remarks he has made recently about undocumented immigrants. Rep. Brooks said in an interview with an Alabama television station that he would "do anything short of shooting them" to get undocumented residents out of Alabama and out of the country.

"Representative Brooks' remarks are shocking for the level of hatred they express toward undocumented residents and are not fitting comments for a member of the United States House of Representatives," said Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of ADL. "What's worse is that they reveal a growing degree of malevolence being directed at the undocumented community by some political and civic leaders."

A number of Hispanic organizations and civil rights groups have called upon Rep. Brooks to apologize for his remarks, but he has so far refused to do so.

Within the past two months, the legislatures of Georgia and Alabama have passed laws designed to chase undocumented immigrants out of their states. The Georgia law is being challenged in federal court, and last month ADL filed an amicus brief in support of the effort to have that law declared unconstitutional.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.