Rep. Mo Brooks Finds A New Angle On Syrian Refugees
November 21, 2015

Rep. Mo Brooks has an inventive new reason for why Syrians are fleeing their country with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Not bombs. Not hunger. Not poverty. Not threat of death at any hour of every day. No, none of those things. They're leaving because...Vacation!

In an appearance on the Dale Jackson Show on Friday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) discussed the Syrian crisis and President Obama’s pledge to shelter 10,000 refugees.

Instead of viewing refugees as people fleeing the violence that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, Brooks saw a host of incoming welfare queens intent on taking advantage of Americans’ generosity.

“We’re paying them about $15,000 a year in free health care, free food, free shelter, free clothing, free transportation,” Brooks said. “That answers very quickly why so many of them want to come to the United States of America.”

“We’re paying them to come here,” the Alabama congressman concluded. “It’s a paid vacation!”

You can listen to him say it at about 5:30 in the recording below:

Did anyone bother to tell Rep. Brooks that refugees have to pay for everything they're given to get here, including their plane tickets?

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