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calendar   Friday - March 31, 2006

Tancredo For President?

I may be tempted to vote for Tancredo if he runs in 2008. Right now, he’s the only politician in Washington who seems to be listening to the American people instead of the Mexican people. In addition, if the Democrats think he’s “nuts” as one of them stated in the article below, then he sure gets my vote. I’m for anything the Democrats are against. It’s my own personal “sanity check”. If the Donks hate it then it must be good ...

imageimageTuning In to Anger on Immigration
Rep. Tancredo’s Profile Grows With Push to Secure U.S. Borders
Friday, March 31, 2006
(WASHINGTON POST)

The first time Rep. Tom Tancredo got really angry about immigration, the year was 1975, and he was a junior high school social studies teacher in Denver. The state had recently passed the nation’s first bilingual education law, and Hispanic kids were taken from his class to study in Spanish.

That idea made zero sense to Tancredo, the grandson of Italian immigrants. He believed that newcomers should be assimilated into the country, as they had been for generations. The image of America as a beacon for people from all over the world uniting under one flag and one language was threatened, he contended, if the country started adapting to immigrants, instead of the other way around.

A year later, Tancredo launched a political career animated by his obsession to stem the tide of immigration from Mexico and Central America that he feared would change the character and security of the country. Today, the four-term Republican House member stands at the center of a national debate over how best to deal with the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Tancredo helped the House pass a bill in December that would impose criminal sanctions on illegal immigrants and those who employ them and that would erect a wall along 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border to keep others out.

That legislation has triggered massive protests throughout the country and prompted a Senate committee this week to pass an alternative measure with a guest-worker program that would help many illegal immigrants eventually win permanent residency or even U.S. citizenship. Tancredo, 60, has so effectively tapped into the anger of millions of Americans who favor a crackdown on illegal immigrants and tougher measures at the border that the back-bench Republican is considering making a bid for president in two years. But in Washington, he is viewed warily by Democrats, the White House and even some of his Republican colleagues as a loose cannon or even a zealot.

After Tancredo suggested in 2002 that President Bush’s views on immigration amounted to a national security threat, White House political adviser Karl Rove told him, “Don’t ever darken the door of the White House”—although Tancredo later was invited to the White House for a bill signing. Democrats have criticized him for stoking anti-immigration sentiment, although some see his tactics as helping them by driving Hispanic American voters in Florida, California and other states away from the Republican Party. “I’m all for more and more nuts in their party speaking up,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), who chairs the House Democrats’ congressional campaign committee. “I want more of those guys.”

- Read More About Tom Tancredo At The Washington Post Today ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/31/2006 at 04:40 AM   
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