On Establishment Republicans` Amazing Immigration Flip Flops

When I

dropped out of the running
for the GOP presidential
nomination, I felt like I could take credit for making
the more telegenic candidates at least give immigration
enforcement some lip service. It became conventional
wisdom that I forced the immigration issue into the
primaries. The New
Yorker
wrote,

"The emergence of Tancredoism as an ideological touchstone for two
Republican front-runners is a stunning development,
another indication of the Party`s rejection of nearly
everything associated with the approach taken by George
W. Bush."[
Return
of the Nativist,

By Ryan Lizza, December 17, 2007
]

John McCain, the same man who

had introduced an amnesty
earlier that year,
began
changing his slogan
to
"Secure the
Border First"
by the end of the year. He even
stopped using euphemisms like
"comprehensive immigration reform."

However, as soon as he got the
nomination he started running Spanish language ads
blaming the Democrats for not passing amnesty!

McCain is currently facing a
primary challenge from former congressman

J.D. Hayworth, a solid conservative
who led the
fight against amnesty in Congress. Once again, McCain is
beginning to sound a lot like me.

He`s

vocally supporting
Arizona`s tough new law—even
though he had opposed much more moderate measures in the
state such as their

Proposition 200
. He has

an ad where he walks by the border and demands
"Complete the danged fence."

Just a few years ago he had the

opposite message,
but with similar—if slightly more
colorful—language.

In 2007 he told a group of business
leaders that he thought,
"the fence is
least effective",
but if that`s what was needed to
pass an amnesty,
"I`ll build the goddamned fence if they want it."

Republicans have already been
fooled in 2010. In California, liberal Republican Meg
Whitman ran off against conservative

Steve Poizner
, who took a strong stand against
illegal immigration.

During the primary, Whitman

ran ads saying
she is
"tough as nails
on illegal immigration"
and is
"100% against amnesty." She continues,

"As governor, I will crack down on so-called sanctuary cities like San
Francisco who thumb their nose at our laws. Illegal
immigrants should not expect benefits from the State of
California. No driver`s license and no admission to
state-funded institutions of higher education. "

Republican voters took the bait and
gave her the nomination.

She immediately turned her back on
them and

started running ads in Spanish
stating
"se opone a
ley de Arizona y


proposición 187
"

meaning "She
opposed Arizona`s law and proposition 187."

Proposition 187 was a ballot initiative that banned the
state benefits for illegal aliens that she told
Republican voters she opposed.

There are many other races where we
face the same problems.

In Florida`s 24th
Congressional District, I endorsed Karen Diebel—a solid
conservative who supported border security and opposed
amnesty.

After I made the endorsement, her
opponent Craig Miller`s campaign called me a


"bigot" and a
"hatemonger"
for my stance against massive
immigration.

Now that Arizona`s stand against
illegal immigration is bringing the issue back into the
focus of voters, Miller is beginning to sound like me.

His

platform
states America is
"a nation that
believes strongly in the rule of law and we must enforce
the law."

He continues:

"In the case of illegal immigration our worry is not that the Federal
Government is overreaching, but rather that it has
completely neglected its responsibility…In addition to
making sure that the Federal Government finishes
building the wall on our southern border, we need
National Guard and other assistance sent to the Border
States to stop the flow of illegal immigrants right
now."

Yet Miller`s record is just the
opposite. In 2006, he wrote an

op-ed
for the Fort Worth
Star-Tribune
stating that our
"current
immigration policies are impossible to enforce"
and
that "clearly we
can`t fix our broken immigration laws simply by
enforcing them more stringently."
As an alternative,
he suggested amnesty and increases in legal immigration.

While he
claims he supports the fence now, under his leadership
the
National Restaurant Association
lobbied

against the Secure Fence Act.

Miller put his money where his
mouth is. The National Restaurant Association spent

millions of dollars
lobbying for amnesty and against
enforcement under his watch.

He has additional reasons to oppose
employer sanctions. He

served as CEO
for

Ruth`s Chris Steakhouse,
which is currently facing a
RICO
suit
for
knowingly hiring illegal aliens
.

Make no mistake; men like John
McCain and Craig Miller will go right back to supporting
amnesty if they are elected.


Tom Tancredo (email
him) represented Colorado`s 6th Congressional
District from 1999 until 2009 and chaired the 100+
member bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He
currently serves as co-chairman of
Team America
PAC
and president of the

Rocky Mountain Foundation.