Tom Tancredo, who served in Congress for a decade representing Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives and a staunch advocate against illegal immigration, joined Breitbart News Sunday for an interview which aired on Sirius XM Patriot radio, channel 125.
The former Republican congressman, who Breitbart senior political writer and guest host of BNS, Matt Boyle, characterized as “one of the strongest leaders on immigration policy in the country,” asserted that he is disappointed with his successor, Mike Coffman, for being in favor of granting citizenship to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) people in exchange for them joining the U.S. Military.
“I am annoyed that he used the appropriations bill for the military for social program development,” Tancredo complained. “We should never do that.”
After completing five terms in the U.S House of Representatives serving Colorado’s sixth district, Tancredo chose not to seek re-election in 2008. He ran for the Republican Party nomination for President in 2008, focusing his campaign on the issues of illegal immigration and terrorism. In 2010 Tancredo ran for Governor of Colorado on the American Constitution Party ticket and 2014 as a Republican, coming up short in both elections.
Significantly, the Denver native said that he has never heard from anybody that the American military can’t fill its own ranks with American citizens. “Immigrants, by the way, who have come here the right way, gotten their citizenship, want to serve, that’s great,” Tancredo acknowleged.
Host Boyle agreed with Tancredo and pointed out to Breitbart News Sunday listeners that, “it’s not like we need to let all these people, who broke all our immigration laws, into our military. There are people getting pink slips! Our troops are getting pink slips, when they are serving overseas. Why do we need to replace Americans with illegal aliens in the military. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Tancredo said that he grew frustrated while in congress, because he was “unsuccessful in reversing the tide” of lawmakers accepting and subsidizing illegal aliens. “We were only successful in stopping them from doing greater damage,” he admitted.
During his tenure in congress, the immigration problem was twofold, Tancredo explained. First, Democrats looked at legal and illegal aliens as a source of new Democrats. “We use to talk about them as undocumented Democrats coming across the border,” he quipped.
Second, Tancredo informed that the Republican party “looked at illegal immigration, and legal, saw massive numbers and said ‘you know these are good cheap laborers.’ The chamber of commerce would go bananas on any Republican that actually wanted to adhere to the law on immigration.”
The Breitbart News Sunday guest said this the lawmakers will even resort to going to the military appropriations bill to realize their immigration agenda “because they are absolutely committed to getting amnesty done.”
Tancredo does believe that there are more voices in congress now that are committed to stem the tide of illegal immigration in America; and he is grateful for that. Nevertheless, he remarked that, “We are becoming a balkanized society, because we have admitted so many people, legally and illegally, who did not and do not want to assimilate into America. This is the major problem.”
The former Colorado congressman emphasized that America should not let the political elites in both parties “pull the strings on the illegal immigration issue, because it is absolutely one of the most important policy issues of our time. It touches on so many aspects of our entire culture. Whether you are talking about healthcare problems, education problems, the federal budget, social services, or if you are simply talking the culture itself.”
Congress is not solving the immigration problem, Tancredo insisted, “because you got the elites in both parties putting up a huge, huge obstacle.”