In the wake of Roy Moore’s upset loss to Doug Jones in Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate, open borders groups have tried to make the case that Moore lost because of a pro-American stance on immigration. On Twitter Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us (a group that promotes a DACA-amnesty), declared “@FairImmigration… fought hard for Roy Moore… And they lost. In Alabama. They just bluff and lie about their power.”
“FAIR did not play any role in Roy Moore’s loss,” says RJ Hauman FAIR’s Government Relation’s Director. “We’re a 5013c we do not endorse any candidate we do not help any candidate. We do not meddle in elections at all.”
During Moore’s campaign, he focused mostly on religious liberty calling it the “civil rights issue of our time.” Though Moore made clear he supported President Trump’s planned border wall, it wasn’t a central issue. “Immigration was not a major factor in the Alabama campaign, Roy Moore was not known as someone out front on the immigration issue,” says FAIR’s President Dan Stein. “Most of his priorities were domestic and dealt with his role as an Alabama Supreme Court Judge.”
Prior to the allegations of sexual misconduct Moore faced he was seen as almost a sure win for a Republican candidate. President Trump won Alabama by almost 28 percentage points in 2016, and there has not been a Democrat elected to a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years.
FAIR looks forward to working with Sen. Jones who, along with other Red State Democrats, could serve as a counterbalance to the party’s increasingly radical mass immigration and amnesty positions on immigration. Immigration policies that serve and protect the interests and security of the American people should be a bipartisan issue. It is clear where voters in Alabama stand on this issue, and Sen. Jones would be well-advised to listen to them, rather than Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on immigration policy.
“This was a referendum on Roy Moore’s moral character,” says Matt O’Brien Director of Research at FAIR. “Most of the immigrant population in Alabama is educated and gainfully employed, they don’t appear to be activists and this (immigration) doesn’t’ really appear to be have been an important issue to Alabamians in this particular campaign.”