Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rep. Tancredo: President Bush's Failure to Enforce Immigration Laws is "Despicable"

Tancredogun1 NH Primary.com reports that Republican presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo, of Colorado, said President Bush's failure to enforce existing immigration laws is "despicable."  "If we don't like our immigration laws, if we think they are wrong, repeal them. If we don't think they are wrong, enforce them," Tancredo said during an interview. "Don't keep ignoring our laws, which this president has been doing, which is despicable," Tancredo said. "If he could be impeached for dereliction of duty, a bill could be brought. Unfortunately, that is not grounds," Tancredo said. "He has avoided dealing with this issue to a point where we are at a crisis, I believe, and it is just unconscionable."  For the full story and a video interview with Rep. Tancredo, click here.

UPDATE:  The Denver Post reports that

"Rep. Tom Tancredo two months ago announced a far- reaching proposal to rewrite immigration laws. Today that plan is missing in action.

The Republican congressman from Littleton never submitted the bill he trumpeted in July, legislation that would severely limit family-based legal immigration, imprison employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and deny citizenship to babies of illegal immigrants who are born in the U.S.

Tancredo's spokesman said that the congressman and his staff have been busy and that perhaps it just slipped their minds."

KJ

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Comments

I like how you show Tancredo with a shotgun in his hands, implying that he would support the use of violence against illegal aliens, when you have no evidence of such intent. You ought to be ashamed of youself and make a public apology. How would you like your transnational views on open borders criticized in an article with a banner showing Che Guevara holding an AK-47?

Tancredo makes a point that should be heeded by every officer of the court, including immigration lawyers. Only the legitimacy conveyed by political will to change our immigration laws will make illegal alien advocates more than seditious aiders and abettors. They may make claims to moral superiority, but until the time they are vindicated (if ever) they will in fact be acting with criminal intent to undermine the law of the land.

Posted by: Horace | Sep 26, 2007 6:32:45 PM

"If we don't like our immigration laws, if we think they are wrong, repeal them. If we don't think they are wrong, enforce them,"

That's the way it has to be in any field of law (and democracy in general) otherwise you have corruption. And when you allow disrespect of some law, over time accountability to and respect for law in general erodes and you undermine the foundation of our system of government. Allowing that to happen sure as heck is despicable.

I know a lot of you disagree with Tancredo on policy, but the rule of law principle is pretty hard to argue against. I don't see too much of a case for legal uncertainty, arbitrariness, etc. Somehow, additional profit for illegal hirers doesn't seem worth debasing our fundamental political values.

Posted by: Jack | Sep 26, 2007 6:56:15 PM

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