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The Specter of Tom Tancredo: More of the Same

April 06, 2012

Washington, D.C. — This week, Rep. Tom Tancredo penned an op-ed criticizing an as-yet-unpublished “Republican version of the DREAM Act” that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is working on. As several media outlets have reported, Republicans in both the House and Senate are trying to develop legislation that would help address some, but not all, of the undocumented youth whom the DREAM Act was designed to assist. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

“Former Rep. Tom Tancredo has resurfaced as the immigration extremist America wishes would quietly recede into the background. The immigration status quo Tancredo so dearly loves has done nothing to move America forward. Existing immigration policies have cost our economy billions, separated millions of families and undermined our economic competitiveness. Now Tancredo is attacking Republicans who are trying to forge a new consensus on immigrants and America.

“As we noted last week, the bar is high for Rubio and his Republican colleagues.

“The measure of Republicans’ success will be twofold: Will the legislation they propose keep families together, allow a significant number of undocumented youth to serve in the armed forces or attain higher education, and keep the door open for them to become Americans? And, will the legislation garner support from across the Republican caucus — particularly the House Republican leadership — or merely expose deep divides?

“America can ill afford any more demagoguery from the likes of Tom Tancredo. The immigration status quo is unsustainable and needs to be fixed.”


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