Tancredo’s Profile Grows With Push to Secure U.S. Borders

Washington Post

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.

A ubiquitous presence on the airwaves, Tancredo has appeared more than 1,000 times on radio talk shows in recent years and has become a television news mainstay. He has traveled widely around the country, including the early presidential caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. His office averaged 4,566 pieces of mail per month during the first quarter of this year. When Tancredo was scheduled as a guest on ABC’s ‘This Week’ last Sunday, he received 300 ‘good luck’ e-mail messages before his appearance and 700 ‘good job’ e-mails after the show.

The relentless media exposure, along with polls indicating that many Americans support a border crackdown and the deportation of illegal immigrants, has given Tancredo considerable influence over the immigration legislation now unfolding in Congress. ‘He’s a force because he represents what a lot of people think,’ said Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors less immigration. ‘He’s only a gadfly in Washington.’

2 Responses to “Tancredo’s Profile Grows With Push to Secure U.S. Borders”

  1. thomas miller Says:

    Tancredo is just what this country needs

  2. Ron Says:

    America and Americans would be a country and people that restored its culture, sovereignty, language, destiny, and most important national identity the moment Tom Tancredo was elected president. Americans sign on the electrical and dotted line immediately. -Signed, American who did what all these politicians would not, fight(actual) for my country. (Tom Tancredo/Lou Dobbs excluded).

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