Will Colorado's Tom Tancredo Support Immigration Reform?
Tom Tancredo is a conservative politician who has gained notoriety for his anti-immigrant stance. He speaks all over the country about strengthening the border. He is a maverick who could make a big difference in the passage of a law like the Dream Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
Tancredo speaks to an energized group of supporters
I met Tom almost 30 years ago when he was advocating for education reform. He is a charismatic leader whose common sense thinking appeals to the masses. He listens to his own drummer rather than the party line. If he took a leadership role for immigration reform, rather than just border security, he would increase ranks of supporters and be written into the history of the country.
Tancredo is already halfway there in passing CIR. Everything he has asked for in protecting the border is already in the Act.
CIR is first a border security bill. It adds hundreds of border patrol agents. It provides a billion dollars a year for four years to beef up our nation's seaports, our weakest line of defense. It provides for a guest worker program that meets labor demands and allows people to return to their home country when the work is over. It requires every alien in the country to identify themselves and imposes a severe penalty if they don’t. CIR stops illegal border crossings and closes the border.
The portion of the bill Tancredo has not yet backed is the solution for those who are already here. The bill recognizes there is no benefit in sending US citizen children of undocumented immigrants to the homeland of their parents, only to come back as adults. The children won’t grow up in the US, won’t understand the culture or the political process, or perhaps even speak their parents' language. It is better these youths remain in the country, and that means it is better for their parents to remain here to raise them.Continued on the next page