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Tancredo denounces ‘rogue’ Texas mayors
Houston Chronicle
October 9, 2007

Place Tom Tancredo in the camp of those angered by some Texas border mayors’ suggestion that they won’t allow government surveyors onto city property to determine the feasibility of building the highly controversial fence mandated by Congress.

The Republican congressman, who has made illegal immigration the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, is dismissing the Texans as “rogue mayors.”

Says the Colorado politician:

These mayors are jeopardizing national security with their not-in-my-backyard attitude. Congress approved the border fence with the overwhelming support of the American people to protect our nation from terrorists and illegal aliens and it will not be thwarted by a handful of rogue mayors.

Tancredo, who definitely isn’t the shy and retiring type, has a novel suggestion: Maybe the fence should be built north of the border cities that don’t cooperate, cutting them off from the United States.

In words sure to provoke a rise on the border, Tancredo says:

These mayors have already demonstrated that their hearts and loyalties lie with Mexico — perhaps they’d feel more comfortable if their cities were geographically located there as well.

Tancredo is singling out the mayors of Brownsville, Del Rio and El Paso — though El Paso Mayor John Cook hasn’t denied access to federal workers because the fencing has been there for years and is located on federal property.

That hasn’t stopped some from threatening Cook, though. The El Paso Times reported last week that Cook has received hate mail and at least one phone call threatening his life.

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Tancredo in Waterloo, Iowa

Being a Democrat myself, this video really interested me. Makes me wonder what are other Democrats against illegal immigration going to do come the Presidential election? What about other Democrats on this site? I know you’re out there. How has the impact of being against illegal immigration effected your views and perceptions about politics? Are you going to voting like this woman on a one issue agenda?

I’m a life long Democrat. Socially liberal, progressive taxing, pro-labor, alleviating poverty through government assistance etc… I know the conservatives out there are telling me to stop, but that is who I am. But now I am smack dab in the middle of the conservative base concerning my immigration stand and it feels kind of weird sometimes.

Personally, I have never watched so much Fox TV before. I’m now listening to Patrick J. Buchanan and Tancredo and Michelle Malkin and Ron Paul and Rush Limbaugh…ahh no, I still don’t listen to Rush, :) but you get the picture. With all this inundation of conservative thought, I have to say I have been questioning some of my more liberal thinking. Maybe even moving closer to the center on some issues beyond immigration.

I think immigration is a unique way for both sides to get together and fight a common cause. It makes people cross the aisle in both directions. In doing so we might be affected by each others politics. Lou Dobbs did a survey on his show this week, asking his viewers, both Dems. and Repubs., if they would think about changing over to an Independent. 86% said they would think about it. I find that fascinating. Certainly in our lifetime that kind of thinking has not happened. There are other influencing factors such as the Iraq War and a general feeling that our leaders are not listening to us.

I feel very strongly about immigration. Strong enough to make me a one issue voter like the woman in this video. I know there are millions of other Democrats and Republicans going through what I am going through in my head. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all get together and become a force to be reckoned with at the voting booth? Democrats and republicans would fear us and court us at the same time. Guarddog

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Tancredo Announces the Immigration Act of 2007
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Republican Announces ‘Overdue’ Immigration Reform
CNS News
July 12, 2007

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) said he plans to introduce legislation that would overhaul the U.S. immigration system by placing tighter restrictions on legal immigration and increasing pressure on illegal immigrants currently in the country to leave. “Throughout the immigration debate, out of touch amnesty-only critics of enforcement have tried to hide behind their cry of ‘what is your solution?’ Well this week we will show them and the president what immigration reform should look like and what the American people deserve,” Tancredo said in a statement on Wednesday. Tentatively dubbed the Optimizing Visa Entry Rules and Demanding Uniformed Enforcement (OVERDUE) bill, Tancredo’s proposal would “restor[e] America’s immigration system to more traditional numbers and encourages the assimilation of America’s most recent great wave.”

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Remember this was written by the LA Slimes. GuardDog

Tancredo rides high on immigration
LA Times
July 5, 2007

The GOP candidate’s solution: Seal the border and send ‘em back. In Iowa, he finds many voters onboard.

AMES, IOWA â?? Tom Tancredo is used to anger and hostility. But success is something else. So when the Senate buckled under a wave of popular protest and rejected an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, Tancredo wasn’t sure how people would respond.

The five-term Republican congressman from Colorado is not just the hard-line face of immigration reform. His run for the GOP presidential nomination is based entirely on a platform that can be summarized in a single sentence: Seal the border and send ‘em back.

A three-day Iowa swing, after the Senate bill’s collapse last week, was a triumphal lap of sorts. But it was also a test: Would victory stoke the forces that helped kill the legislation? Or, Tancredo wondered, would followers say, “Geez, we’ve won the day. Let’s go home now.”

He needn’t have worried. The people who burned up talk radio and filled the Internet with their fury, who blitzed the White House with their faxes and e-mails, who crashed the Senate switchboard with their indignant phone calls are still spitting mad.

“People want something done,” said Al Manning, 50, the owner of a sandwich shop in Waterloo who drove more than 250 miles to hear the congressman speak twice over the weekend. “We need to stop the inflow of illegals, and we need to deal with the ones that are already in the country.”

Those sentiments were echoed in numerous interviews at Tancredo campaign stops and a Des Moines presidential forum that drew hundreds of conservative activists. (Of the six candidates who spoke, Tancredo received the best reception, coming and going to standing ovations.)

There was also widespread doubt that the Senate bill, which combined tougher enforcement with a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, was really, truly dead.

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “is willing to do backroom negotiations and then stick it on the Senate floor without debate, that tells me, if he has a chance, he will bring it up at the next opportunity,” said David Connon, 46, a substitute teacher from the outskirts of Des Moines.

John Makow agreed. His family emigrated from Poland in 1962 after waiting four years to come to the United States “the right way” â?? so the issue is personal for the 58-year-old retired systems analyst from Granger.

Makow suggested that President Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, another Republican White House hopeful and a leading proponent of the bill, “got too much at stake” to quit now. “They’re going to keep bringing it up, and we’re going to keep fighting,” Makow said.

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg survey last month found that about 4 in 10 Republican primary voters nationwide said immigration was the most important issue facing the country. (That compared with a quarter of Democratic primary voters.) The figure was probably high, inflated by the intense emotions stirred by the Senate debate, but few see the debate ending with the bill’s demise.

“The issue is not going away,” said Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Des Moines’ Drake University. “The only question is how much will be subject to demagoguery and how much subject to some reasoned discussion.”

Tancredo’s immigration prescription is simple.

First, secure the borders, doing whatever it takes. Build a fence â?? or two or three â?? along the borders with Canada and Mexico. Station armed guards to block illegal entry. Then, go after businesses that hire illegal workers, hitting employers with massive fines and, if need be, criminal charges.

Also, bring criminal cases â?? aiding and abetting â?? against mayors and city council members who establish “sanctuary cities” that prevent city employees from cooperating with federal immigration agents. (Yes, that would have included Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani, back when he was mayor of New York.)

Once the jobs dry up, the estimated 12 million people in the country illegally â?? or 20 million, by Tancredo’s count â?? will go home. No need for the jackboot immigration raids that are conjured up by his many critics.

“Attrition through enforcement,” Tancredo called it, sipping green iced tea on a shady patio before opening his campaign office in Ames, home of Iowa State University. “If people cannot get the thing for which they came â?? a job â?? they go home.”

Some look at the immigration issue and see a complicated and confounding tangle of interests and emotions. Not Tancredo.

“I have a solution,” he told a Friday night crowd of about 100 at the Quality Inn in downtown Des Moines. “It’s a radical one. Scary. Enormously controversial.” Then he paused and spaced his words for effect. “It’s called: Enforce â?¦ the â?¦ law.”

Blunt talk like that is a big part of Tancredo’s appeal……

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I am gleefully shocked! Good news for a change!! Stick a Beef Burrito where the sun don’t shine sanctuary cities!!! Don’t mess with the Tan!! GuardDog

“Tancredo said he thinks his amendment is an indicator that the House would crush the reform plan if it passes in the Senate.

“If I were (Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi, I’d be asking if she could pass a vote on amnesty on the House side,” Tancredo said. “If she lost 50 Democrats on this one, and she says she needs 70 Republicans to pass the immigration plan, this is an interesting indicator of things coming down the pike, and that the times, they are a-changing.”

Tancredo wins surprise immigration vote
Rocky Mountain News
June 15, 2007

Washington, D.C. â?? The U.S. House of Representatives this morning voted to withhold federal emergency services funding for “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants.

Anti-immmigration champion Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., sponsored the measure, which he says would apply to cities such as Denver and Boulder. He was elated by its passage, which stunned critics and supporters alike.

The Littleton Republican’s amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill appears to have no language specifically defining a sanctuary city. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has long disputed giving the city that label.

“The issue has come to fruition,” Tancredo said by cell phone after the vote. “The people of the country really have spoken. It’s a really good indicator of just how much closer to the people the House is than the Senate is.”

The House passed the amendment, 234 to 189, with 50 Democrats voting in favor.

Tancredo and his staffers hooted and cheered from his office across the street from the Capitol immediately after the vote.

Tancredo has introduced similar amendments at least seven other times since 2004, but each has failed â?? often by wide margins.

The Homeland Security appropriations bill faces a vote tonight in the House, then later in the Senate. It must also be signed by the President before it becomes law……

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Tancredo: How Has Illegal Immigration Impacted You?

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600 comments in three days so far.

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Tancredo To Target Fellow Republicans On Immigration
7 News Denver
June 5, 2007

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo said Tuesday he will work against fellow Republicans who support an immigration bill he considers a sellout.

Tancredo aides said the campaign would start a petition drive and volunteer network to help voters campaign against senators who support the White House-backed immigration plan. The bill, which provides a pathway to citizenship to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the United States, has split Republicans in Congress.

The Colorado congressman announced his “Save America Campaign” hours before he and nine other candidates were to meet for the first Republican debate in the state with the earliest presidential primary.

“I am going to use my presidential campaign as a vehicle to rally the millions of law-abiding Americans who oppose the Kennedy-McCain-Bush sellout of America,” Tancredo said in remarks prepared for a news conference outside Republican Sen. Judd Gregg’s Manchester office.

Gregg has said he won’t decide how to vote on the bill until he has seen all the details in final form.

“This bill grants amnesty to over 15 million illegal aliens,” Tancredo said. “It will cost the American taxpayers trillions, bankrupt our Social Security system and speed the day that America becomes a bilingual nation. It does nothing to secure our borders: This bill must be stopped and it must be stopped now.”

Most of Tancredo’s Republican presidential rivals say the Senate bill amounts to amnesty. Sen. John McCain stands alone among the major Republican candidates in supporting the bill.

“To want the office so badly that you would intentionally make our country’s problems worse might prove you can read a poll or take a cheap shot, but it hardly demonstrates presidential leadership,” McCain said Monday in Miami.

Also Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney again criticized the plan — and McCain.

“First, we can and must secure our borders. Second, our country must have an enforceable employment verification system. Third, in reforming our immigration system, we must do so in a way that rewards immigrants who obey the laws and guards against providing special incentives for those who show no regard for them,” Romney said.

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