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Do you agree with Tom Tancredo's recommendations for reform to address failing US immigration policies?

How many of you remember the outspoken, bold and brave leadership offered by Tom Tancredo, Colorado’s popular Representative from the sixth Congressional District? A book authored by a leader referred to as the “golden child of immigration reform” by some puts solid research and support for positions he espoused and made visible at a national level in a very readable form for citizens who appear increasingly concerned over politicians in Washington who refuse to secure our borders or assert measures for enforcing U.S. sovereignty. Some of the Congressman’s familiarity with the topic came as a result of information his position afforded, which was not presented in the media or widely accepted at the time, but many of the most important assertions from the book are carefully referenced for readers interested in the basis for Tancredo’s appeal for groundswell public support for a response to answer the ongoing invasion. Chapter 14, The Economics of Mass Migration in the book In Mortal Danger, does an exceptional job of summarizing the costs associated with frighteningly out of control growth and directly answers the common disinformation-based claims from the left for why illegal migrants are important contributors to our failing economy. The following chapter, The Threat to Our Health System by Illegal Immigration, covers the deleterious effects of supporting what’s become free health care for millions who have no legal grounds for being here, which has contributed to skyrocketing costs for legitimate citizens often unable to afford care themselves, and worse, details a disturbing trend with overburdened, debt ridden hospitals and emergency care facilities being forced to close. The result is that critical emergency services and health care options have become entirely unavailable to millions of our own deserving citizens for vast distances and regions across the southwest. In Steps for Reform, Congressman Tancredo offers his recommendation for what is needed at a leadership level to address the problems. The following words are from a letter sent to majority leader Roy Blunt and Rules Committee chairman David Dreier in December 2005 while the Congressman was serving as Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus. “Our border crisis is multifaceted—it has created problems on many policy fronts that one would not think pertain to immigration. For each problem Members will want to propose a solution, and as a courtesy to you, I have listed some of these proposals from my colleagues on the House Immigration Reform Caucus below.” FIXING OUR BROKEN BORDERS Begin Building a Border Security Fence ▪ Put troops on the border ▪ End “catch and release” ▪ Mandate passport usage for everyone traveling internationally ▪ Make volunteer border patrol a sanctioned federal activity ▪ Suspend visa waiver program Enforcing the Law Throughout the Country ▪ Require a federal response when local law enforcement asks to have illegal aliens arrested ▪ Restrict federal money that goes to local governments that have illegal alien sanctuary policies ▪ Close the loophole that allows religious organizations and their agents to be immune from illegal-alien-harboring laws ▪ Make DUI a deportable offense ▪ Increase penalties for the smuggling of illegal aliens ▪ Increase penalties for terrorists who are illegal aliens ▪ Increase penalties for gang members who are illegal aliens ▪ Draft minimum standards for birth certificates and birth/death registries ▪ Make unlawful presence in the United States a felony Stopping Businesses from Hiring Illegals ▪ Make employment verification mandatory ▪ Eliminate the business tax write-off for illegal workers ▪ Increase the penalty for employers who hire illegal aliens ▪ Make businesses that hire illegal aliens ineligible for future guest workers Reducing the Incentive to Come Illegally ▪ Disallow all federal funding for states that offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens ▪ Disallow the matricula consular card as a legal form of identification ▪ Reform the use of individual taxpayer identification numbers ▪ Eliminate Social Security totalization for illegal aliens Disentangling Foreign Policy from Immigration ▪ Block any immigration provisions from trade bills ▪ Block visas to countries that refuse to take their nationals back ▪ Reduce the availability of yearly legal visas per country by the number if illegal aliens from such country Restoring the Meaning of Citizenship ▪ End birthright citizenship for illegal aliens ▪ Eliminate dual citizenship ▪ Make English the official language ▪ Write the oath of citizenship into law ▪ Strengthen safeguards against voter fraud Reforming Legal Immigration ▪ Eliminate the visa lottery ▪ Eliminate chain migration ▪ Eliminate H-1B visas [temporary work permits] ▪ Eliminate unskilled worker green cards ▪ Create a Department of Immigration or a cabinet-level agency How many of you agree with Tom Tancredo’s recommendations for addressing our failing immigration policies? Would you support such a man for a leadership role in your state or at a national level, once again? He’s running for Governor of the State of Colorado but was a late entrant, primarily because of recognizable concerns over problems that became evident with the Republican candidate, Dan Maes. The author is within a few percentage points of Denver’s current, very liberal Mayor, in spite of running as the Constitution Party candidate in this election. While most Coloradoans with roots or longevity in the State recognize Tancredo promises true conservative leadership, which the State has lacked for many years now, circumstances... have left the candidate without his long-term Republican affiliation. Perhaps the following words can explain the Congressman’s decision to enter the race during late summer and why many influential Republicans see him as the only legitimate candidate to represent Colorado for the State’s top elected office as Governor. Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams described Maes in an interview as “the worst candidate in Colorado history we’ve ever had for governor and one of the most polarizing.” According to the Colorado Statesman, in an e-mail exchange with a handful of Republicans in Arapahoe County after the above comment, Wadhams explained, “I can’t officially support Tancredo in my position but I’m perfectly free to assess the quality of the Republican nominee.” Who would you support here? Coloradoans are being asked to answer in a matter of days.

Asked By: Rocky Mountain Patriot - 10/31/2010
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The best answer I can give is that I already voted for Tancredo for Governor, as well. What he tried to institute on a national level is badly needed here in Colorado. His book explained the frustrations many of us in the Denver metro area have experienced and need to address, since the Federal government and our... More
Answered By: Rosa - 10/31/2010
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I could go point by point and explain why most of this is a poor idea. But to be honest I don't have the time or energy right now. If you want me to, email me with a link to this question and I will. There's strong, logical and CONSERVATIVE opposition points to all this... More
Answered By: Greg N - 10/31/2010
 
I do support it, and actually just dropped off my ballot last Monday with his name checked. I just wish we had a cleaner ballot regarding the Governor race if you know what I mean.
Answered By: poolplayer - 10/31/2010
 
I like his ideas. Though he didn't mention how he would address our newest issues of people who have been and are now getting naturalized citizenship for the sake of their willingness to do harm to people of the U.S. and USA herself. Otherwise I like all the provisions of the intention to deter illegals and visa over... More
Answered By: StoneCold - 10/31/2010
 
He has an unnecessarily vindictive, shrill, bullying, nativist and most of all profoundly naive approach to the issue of illegal immigration, which causes the man to be embraced by extremist, racist fringe groups regardless of how much Tancredo insists he is not a racist. Tancredo has an incredible knack for using... More
Answered By: tonalc2 - 10/31/2010
 
Well he's got one thing right, La Raza is the klan with a tan, everyone with half a brain knows that, and yet La Raza still denies it.
Answered By: Porn King - 10/31/2010
 
That's an impressive list. Of course I agree... More
Answered By: WoodyH - 10/31/2010
 
Yes I support and agree with Tom Tancredo's recommendations, and he has already received my vote. But with all the cry baby bed wetting liberals on the eastern slope that love these illegal aliens, it is going to be tough for Tancredo to win. I am sure that all of the cry baby bed wetting liberals in Denver will vote... More
Answered By: The Wolf - 11/1/2010
 
Mr. Tancredos approach, is the blue print for what should be done. There are some... More
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Answered By: thescalesofjusticeareonthemeand - 11/1/2010
 
Yes absolutely. All common sense solutions. The next administration should put Tom and Sheriff Joe in charge of immigration!
Answered By: L.T.M. - 11/1/2010
 
Ugh, I've always hated Tom Tancredo. He's ridiculous and extreme. Some of the things you listed I do agree with, mainly in the first two sections. From the last two sections, I don't think I agree with any of the proposals listed... More
Answered By: LORI - 11/2/2010
 
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