Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Do we have a winner?

It's hard to pick out the absolute freakiest, wackiest, foot-in-mouthiest Colorado Republican, especially when you have a stable of contestants that includes Marilyn "Mad-Cow" Musgrave, Wayne "That's not an exploded Pop N Fresh tube, that's my face" Allard and Bill "Every sperm is sacred" Owens. But lately, Tom "All immigrants are bad, but there are obvious exceptions like Italians" Tancredo has taken the lead. Not only are protesters angry:

Protesters' message at Capitol: "Tancredo does not speak for me"
Garrett Weekly brought his children to the state Capitol on Monday to protest U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, saying the Colorado congressman crossed the line with his recent remarks about bombing Islamic holy sites.

"He is wrong for Colorado. Colorado is the most racially mixed state," said Weekly, 35, a social-studies teacher in Cherry Creek Schools. "I learned at an early age that people are based on character and not on looks."

The rally attracted more than 150 people.

Protesters said Tancredo's fierce anti-illegal-immigration stance already has foes accusing him of racism, and his recent bombing remarks added fuel to the fire.

Attendees held signs with messages such as "Tancredo does not speak for me" and "Tancredo is wrong for America."

But he's getting some feathers ruffled at the highest levels, too:
Bill counters Bush "guest worker" plan

Washington - Rep. Tom Tancredo, Congress' leading critic of U.S. immigration policy, unveiled his counterproposal to President Bush's guest-worker plan on Monday with a bill that would make unlawful presence in the country a felony.

Tancredo's measure, unveiled at a Capitol Hill news conference, would establish a "guest worker" program that allows immigrant labor only when employers can show a need and would limit the workers' stay in the United States. It also says that the workers' children would not automatically become U.S. citizens.

Besides making unlawful presence in the country a felony, the proposed legislation would fund a "substantial" increase in border and immigration law enforcement. Also, employers who knowingly hire illegal workers could face jail.

"With every murder at the hands of an illegal, with every potential terrorist that crosses the border, with every job taken from a domestic employee, Americans have cried out to Congress to fix our broken system," said Tancredo, R-Colo. "For years I have been embarrassed by how the leadership of both parties have tried to ignore this issue."
[emphasis mine]

The measure would block public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who graduate from a state high school, unless the same rate is offered to all U.S. citizens.

In 2002, Tancredo sought deportation for an illegal immigrant who went public about illegal immigrants' problems in getting money for college.

Under the measure, hospitals could only be reimbursed for treating illegal immigrants if they report citizenship information to the Department of Homeland Security.

President Bush has a plan to allow more guest workers from foreign countries, a position popular with the business community.

Something tells me Tancredo is going to see some retaliation from the Bush administration. Guest worker programs are a backdoor way for Bush's buddies to make more money on the backs of illegals, and they like that. A lot. And they won't take too kindly to any backwoods loudmouths who try to interfere with their big-boy plans.

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