Tancredo Deportation Plan Shreds Families, Costs Billions
Tom Tancredo is in striking distance of becoming the next Colorado governor. The issue that wins attention is his get-tough policy with undocumented workers. He calls them "illegals." The fundamental decision voters must make, does Colorado want to be like Arizona?
Reverend Ann Dunlop addresses large crowd in Denver
Tancredo lobbied the Arizona legislature to pass SB 1070, the toughest anti-immigration law in the history of the US. The most aggressive portions were declared unconstitutional by Judge Susan Bolton, while other parts have been enjoined from enforcement pending years of litigation which the state of Arizona must fund.
Student Protest at Colorado Capitol
Arizona is a perfect example of the results of what Tancredo-style aggressive immigration enforcement looks like. The state has suffered a huge blow to its tax base, the real estate market has been devastated and government police, fire and court services have been over-taxed dealing with protests and arrests for civil disobedience.
A national boycott of the state has cost it billions of dollars. Multiple conventions have been canceled, state products are boycotted and the reputation of the state as being multicultural has suffered. The vision of Phoenix, as an international city, has been quashed. Even the city of L.A. boycotted the state.
Border security is one thing. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's raids of Latino subdivisions is another. Most undocumented immigrants have integrated into US society. They have mostly citizen families and children; they have bank accounts, participate in community activities; they participate in the economy, purchase services and are consumers; An employer depends upon them to show up for work each day. Repatriation shreds families and disrupts community relationships.Continued on the next page