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Taegan Goddard picked up on a disturbing comment from Republican Rep. Mo Brooks to a local television station in Alabama:
“As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them. Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens.”
During the same brief interview, Brooks also said that so many illegal aliens were in an Alabama jail because they had “victimized Americans.”
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, last month signed controversial legislation that makes the state’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants one of the toughest in the country. As our own Justin Elliott wrote, “Like the Arizona law, Alabama’s measure requires local police to check the immigration status of people who they believe may be in the country illegally. But it goes much further, establishing new requirements for checking the immigration status of students and potential tenants.”
As the San Antonio Express News reported, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, a federal representative from San Antonio, Texas, and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus., spoke out against Brooks’ violent rhetoric: “Words have consequences,” Gonzalez said, and Brooks “chose irresponsible words that reflect a hateful, dehumanizing undercurrent in the discussion on immigration,” he said.
Watch Brooks make his controversial “shooting” comment, via YouTube:
Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly described Charle Gonzalez as an Alabama state representative.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.