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tom_tancredo.jpg Congressman Tom Tancredo -- an outspoken immigration reform advocate and my personal hero -- has some questions for President Bush on his immigration reform policies.

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1. The president says his plan does not offer amnesty to lawbreakers, but if an unlawful act is forgiven and not penalized, is that not the same as amnesty? Isn't it amnesty if people who entered our country illegally are not required to go home before applying for a work permit?

2. Why is it not reasonable to believe that offering a "legal route to employment" for people who entered the country illegally will only encourage millions more to follow the same path in the expectation that they, too, will eventually be offered legal status? Is The White House aware that the National Border Patrol Council, which represents rank and file Border Patrol agents, says the president's plan will produce another surge in illegal alien traffic?

3. The president says that his plan will free up the Border Patrol to catch drug smugglers and terrorists. In view of the very real terrorist threat facing our nation and the certainty that terrorists are well aware of how easy it is to cross our open borders, would it not be more sensible and much safer for the country to first make our borders secure and then experiment with new guest worker programs, rather than the other way around?

4. What about the 150,000 people coming across our borders each year from outside Mexico, hundreds of them from countries on the State Department's watch list of nations known to harbor terrorists? Why is border security taking a backseat to a temporary worker program?

5. The president says his temporary worker plan will be limited to "jobs Americans won't do." But since willingness to do any job is always relative to the wages being offered for that job, isn't it true that millions of jobs will be lost by Americans to foreign labor willing to work at a lower wage? When an employer lowers the wage of a job so only a foreign worker will take the job, as is already happening in construction trades and many other occupations, how can anyone say this is not taking jobs away from Americans?

6. The president frequently describes his plan as one that "will match willing workers with willing employers." Since his plan puts no limits on the types of jobs to be included, isn't it likely that employers will find additional millions of "willing workers" to fill millions of jobs at lower wages?

7. The president says his plan will allow "temporary workers" to take jobs for a three year term, renewable to six years. If a worker signs up for the program to obtain legal employment and works six years, but then does not want to go home because he now has a wife and also three children born in the United States, will the plan require him to go home? If he returns home, what happens to his wife and children?

8. If the temporary worker is not required to go home after his term of employment expires, then isn't it more accurate to call the president's plan a new immigration program with built-in preference for immigrants from Mexico and Central America? If a "temporary worker" is allowed to file an application for citizenship and to remain in the United States after his temporary work permit expires, is this not really an immigration program and not a temporary worker program?

9. The president says his plan will include stepped up enforcement of labor laws to punish employers who continue to hire illegal workers. But isn't it true that this same promise was made to Congress and the American people in 1986 and that promise was never kept?

10. Since current laws against hiring illegal workers are virtually unenforceable, what specific changes is the president proposing to curtail and penalize this employment practice? Will employers be required to verify a valid Social Security number (available to any legal worker) before offering employment? Will Social Security cards be made fraud-proof? Will illegal workers who use phony Social Security cards or other people's numbers be deported and not merely fired and allowed to seek a different job as is the case today?

11. The president says that offering a legal way to find work in the U.S. will bring an end to the border problems. But if our borders are not made truly secure, won't millions of desperate people continue to enter illegally way instead of waiting in line for a work permit?

12. If today's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement cannot locate the 400,000 "absconders" who have already been ordered deported, including almost 100,000 criminal aliens, and if this enforcement agency can't intercept and deport the criminal aliens already incarcerated in our jails, nor the two million student, tourist, and other "visa overstays," why should anyone believe they will be willing and able to locate and deport an additional six to eight million "temporary workers" if these workers choose to stay when their permit expires?

The man is so impressive. Each question is to the point and absolutely indefensible. I'd like to see someone try to take these questions apart.

Of course President Bush, nor any of these spineless ingrates on the immigration issue, would ever actually go near these questions. The funny thing is they think that it will affect their re-elections, but Tancredo has been re-elected and he has been an outspoken person for years.

There really is no excuse not to take on the issue especially in this time of potential terrorists coming across our borders. Just yesterday I did a story on a gang member with al-Qaeda ties that was caught at the border. Apparently things like those don't matter. They won't actually do anything until there's an actual attack.

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Why in the hell can't private citizens bring suit against the executive branch of the federal government forcing it to enforce the immigration laws on the books? They should be forced to enforce the law while, if they so choose, they propose legislation and lobby to remove the laws they don't WANT to enforce.

What if tomorrow they simply stopped enforcing laws that maintain the separation between church and state? What would be done about it? I can guarantee you the ACLU would put every lawyer they have on it and fix the problem. I don't know what the procedure would be, but I'm sure they would find one.

I can't believe there's not some way to force this issue NOW!! I would eagerly send whatever money I could afford to support it!

Posted by: dicebucket on December 15, 2004 06:09 AM

Congressman Tom Tancredo is Special Guest on "The Dickson/Chappell Report" Saturday, July 16th from 9:30-10:00 A.M. Central Time.

"The Dickson/Chappell Report" Special Program Guests
"The Dickson/Chappell Report"

Chris Dickson : Host

Ron Chappell: Co-Host

September 18
9:00-10:00 A.M. Jerome Corsi
Co-Authored "Unfit for Command" along with John O'Neill
Number One on New York Times Best Seller's List
September 25
9:00-9:15 A.M. U. S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)

October 2
9:00-10:00 A.M. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)
(Fifth Appearance)
October 9
9:00-10:00 A.M. CMDR Paul E. Galanti (USN Ret)
POW for seven years in "Hanoi Hilton"
10:00-11:00 A.M. MG James L. McKosky
U.S. Army Retired - A Real American Hero
October 16
9:00-10:00 A.M. Mitch Daniels
Former Director of Office of Management and Budget
Governor (R-IN)
October 23
9:00-10:00 Dr. Marvin Scott
Professor; Butler University: Candidate U.S. Senate (R-IN)
10:00-11:00 A.M. Rev. Jesse Peterson
Author: "SCAM"
October 30

10:00-11:00 A.M. J. Patrick Rooney
Chairman: Golden Rule Insurance
Former Candidate for Governor (R-IN)

November 6
9:00-10:00 Denny Hastert (R-IN)
Speaker of the House - United States Congress
The third most powerful man in American government

November 13
9:00-10:00 Rebecca Hagelin (Second Appearance)
Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Vice-President, The Heritage Foundation

November 20
9:00-10:00 Chris Hojian
Songwriter: "American Girl" movie
Television Premier on November 23rd

10:00-11:00 Michelle Malkin
Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Author: "In Defense of Internment"

December 11
9:00-10:00 LTC "Buzz" Paterson
Author: "Dereliction of Duty" and "Reckless Disregard"
Carried the nuclear "Football" for President Bill Clinton

December 18
9:00-10:00 Lizbeth Scott
Female Soloist on Mel Gibson's "Passion Of The Christ."

January 8
9:00-10:00 David Horowicz
Nationally Syndicated Columnist

January 29 Jerome Corsi
Jerry is the author of "Unfit for Command." Announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate in 2008 to replace Sen. John Kerry.

February 5 Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House - United States Congress
Announced candidate for President in 2008

Brian Lee Crawley
President: Atlantic Institute for Marketing Studies (Nova Scotia)

February 12 Russ Blaylock, M.D.
Author: "The Truth Behind the Vaccine Cover-up"
Frequent guest on "The 700 Club"

February 19 Jed Babbin
Former Undersecretary of Defense - Author: "Inside the Asylum"

February 26 Mark Levin
Author: "Men In Black"

March 5 Amanda Bowman
President: Coalition for a Secure Driver's License

April 9 Amanda Banks
Federal Issues Analyst: Focus on the Family

Vince Haley
Research Director: Newt Gingrich at the American Enterprise Institute. Fox News correspondent to the Vatican and Pope John Paul II

April 16 Rebecca Hagelin
Vice President: The Heritage Foundation

April 23 David Horowitz and William Kristol
Student Violence on College Campuses

Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)

April 30 Mark Smith
Author: "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"

Rick Tyler
Communications Director for Newt Gingrich

May 7 Daniel R. Coats
Former U.S. Senator, Former American Ambassador to Germany
and, most importantly, my former boss!

David Keene
Chairman of the American Conservative Union

Col. Jim Weiskopf (USA Ret)
Vice President: Fisher House

May 14 Eric and Leslie Ludy
Authors: "Teaching True Love to a Sex-At-13-Generation"

May 21 Manuel Miranda
Former Counsel to Senator Bill Frist
Chairman: National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters

June 11 General Phil Vallely (USA Ret)
Author: "Endgame"

Brian Bosma - House Speaker - Indiana General Assembly

June 18th House Speaker Dennis Hastert
U.S. Congress

Ryan McCann - Public Policy Director: Indiana Family Institute

June 25

9:00-10:00 - Jerome Corsi
Just returning from an invitation to address Israel's Knesset

9:30-10:00 - Senator Allen Paul (R-IN)

July 9

9:00-9:30- Rebecca Hagelin

9:30-10:00 Manuel Miranda

July 16

9:00-9:30 Janet Folger - author - "The Criminalization of Christianity"

9:30-10:00 Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO)

July 23

9:00-9:30 - La Shawn Barber

9:30-10:00 - Edward Klein - author - "The Truth About Hillary"

July 30

9:30-10:00 Jack Cashill


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(Highlighted in my book)
Rick Santorum : U.S. Senator (R-PA)
(Highlighted in my book)
George Allen : U. S. Senator (R-VA)
(Highlighted in my book)
Roy Moore : Former Chief Justice Alabama Supreme Court
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Sean Hannity : Talk-Show Host
Joseph Farah : Founder -WorldNetDaily

Posted by: Chris Dickson on July 12, 2005 10:43 AM

Senantor Bill Frist on Securing America's Borders


I wanted to reach out to you about an issue you'll be hearing a lot about in the days and months ahead...the security of our borders.

We are facing a crisis.

Over 7,000 miles of land span our borders; 330 million non-citizens flow through those borders every year...an alarming number of them illegally.

Make no mistake, most of the people crossing our borders illegally do so for one simple reason:

They are coming to America in search of opportunity and prosperity and a better life.

That's why they risk their lives...and, sadly, some even lose their lives to get here.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants died last year in the deserts and mountains that separate the United States from Mexico.

Now more than ever, as a matter of law, as a humanitarian matter, as a matter of national security, we must protect our nation's borders.


-Deploy more patrol agents and investigators to our borders.
-Equip these professionals with the very best equipment and technology available.
-Build an enduring infrastructure -- frontline defenses -- that will protect our borders for years to come.

These are just a few of the steps that will secure America's borders.
Because when we enhance the security of our borders, we increase the safety of our citizens and all who set foot on American soil.

As this is an issue of such profound importance, I would like to hear your opinion on the matter.

So please visit www.SecureAmericasBorders.com today to participate in my Security and Immigration Survey.

I look forward to your response.

Bill Frist, M.D.
Senate Majority Leader

Posted by: Chris Dickson on July 27, 2005 07:10 AM

"Adios Muchachos"

by Robert Frost

...If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors?
Isn't it Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.'
I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself.
I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

Posted by: CHRIS DICKSON on April 11, 2006 02:50 PM

Tom has his nerve calling for the president's impeachment when we are at war in Iraq. The far right is becoming a thorn in the flesh as are the Stalinist Democrats. Bush was always for an immigration policy way back when.

How disingenuous of all for pitch and moan about President Bush now! He told you know he was from day one.

It is time conservative Republicans take their knife out of the back of the president. Please show respect for all the good he has done. He is the Commander-In-Chief of our troops.

Tom will not get my vote. He is a back stabber like so many others in the GOP these days. The president seems to stand alone, while the far left Democrats slow bleed our troops!

Marie Jon'

PS. http://www.fred08.com/ Fred Thompson will take off in the months to come. He has a very good chance of becoming president.

Posted by: Marie on April 24, 2007 11:50 PM

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