Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo -- champion of immigration enforcement -- said that he was skeptical President Bush would follow through on any border enforcement proposals he makes in tonight's speech. Tom Tancredo said however that if Bush proposes sending National Guard troops to the US border he will support it.
"We train National Guard all over the country, and there is no reason why we shouldn't be conducting that training on our borders," Tancredo told ABC News. "Really, we are not trying to take them from other places where they are needed."
"I hate to be too cynical about this, but my guess is it is simply being done to influence the debate in the Senate and in the House on the immigration package," Tancredo told Knight Ridder news on Friday. "And once the debate is over, we'll go back to business as usual."
The Colorado Republican said he fears that Bush is merely "is hoping to take the argument off the table that we're not doing enough on the enforcement side so that they can get the bill passed giving him an amnesty/guest-worker plan, and that will be the last you hear about securing the borders."
The article also mentions that since a 2001 meeting in the White House -- where Tancredo took Bush to task over immigration -- he was told he would not be invited back.
That is of course until voters get their say in 2008.