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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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