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Rep. Brooks Battles CNN’s Camerota: I Know There Are No Central American Refugees ‘Because I Read!’

Things got tense on CNN’s New Day Friday, when Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) stopped by to debate Alisyn Camerota on President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy several thousand National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brooks is completely on board with the plan.

“I fully support president Trump’s use of our military to secure the border against invasion by foreign nationals,” Brooks said in a statement.

Camerota zeroed in on the word invasion — asking the Alabama Congressman why he selected that word for his statement.

“Because that’s the word that applies,” Brooks said. “If you go to Webster’s dictionary, it absolutely fits that definition.”

“But isn’t this the process for seeking asylum?” Camerota asked. “Don’t people show up on our shores and border seeking political asylum?”

“As often happens, these folks come into the United States of America illegally when they cross our borders. They don’t do some kind of legal formal application process from another country to assert asylum to come into America,” Brooks said.

The Congressman went on to say, “[I]n my opinion, none of those people from Central America are legitimate asylum seekers.”

“How do you know that?” Camerota asked.

“This is not a war zone,” Brooks said

“How do you know that?” Camerota asked again

“Because I read!”

Watch the clash above, via CNN.

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