The Tancredo Scandals

The new hero of Americans who would
like to

control their borders
and the numberless hordes
coming across it is Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, who
has emerged in the last couple of years as by far the
most knowledgeable, the most articulate and the most

congressional advocate for restricting

Not surprisingly, then, the

friends of Open Borders
have placed him in their
crosshairs. So far Mr. Tancredo has eluded their

inept potshots,
but the efforts to bring him down,
so far from harming him politically, may actually have
helped clear his road to higher office.


government of Mexico
would like American taxpayers
to pay for the

education of illegal aliens
in this country. So the
Mexican consulate in Denver slipped a story to the
left-wing Denver Post about a local Mexican
illegal alien named Jesus Apodaca, an 18-year-old honor
student. The point was to pressure the state into

in-state tuition
to illegal aliens – a privilege not
available to native-born Americans who come from other

The Denver Post, eager to
oblige any further effort to gouge the taxpayer for the
benefit of illegal aliens, ran a tear-jerking story
about bright young Jesus on its front page. [“Immigrants
Shut Out of Colleges”
Denver Post, August 11,

Mr. Tancredo, however, had a
reaction rather different from the one the Post
was trying to manipulate. He called the Immigration and
Naturalization Service and demanded to know why, if the
newspapers were publishing the names of known illegal
aliens on their front pages, the INS didn`t round them
up and

them. A sound question, which munchkins at
the INS soon leaked to the Denver Post.

That, you see, is the real scandal.

How heartless of Mr. Tancredo to
wonder why illegal aliens aren`t being

! How insensitive of Mr. Tancredo for not
demanding special, extra-legal privileges for an illegal
alien and his family that even native-born Americans
don`t have!

Soon the Tancredo scandal was
making news all over the nation.

Colorado`s Sen. Ben Nighthorse
Campbell, an

American Indian
who loves to

whack white Republicans
over the head with his
racial identity, has proposed a
special act of Congress that would

grant legal residency
to young Jesus and his family.
Last week, the governor of Colorado, Republican Bill
Owens, endorsed the bill and brought the subject up to
President Bush, who was in Denver.

president is very sympathetic to the issue,"

the governor told the

. He recognizes

"that it is not fair to
single out one person in a debate that really
encompasses hundreds of thousands of people."

But it was the Denver Post
and the

Mexican consulate
that "singled out" the Apodaca
family, and why isn`t it fair to enforce the law against
known illegals and why isn`t the governor (and the
senator and the president) demanding they be enforced?

If the Post had published
the names of

bank robbers and murderers,
would it be "fair" to
arrest them?

"People on both sides of
the large and complex issue of immigration reform sought
to use this good and decent family as examples to make
their political points,"

the governor whined.

Well, not exactly. People on one
side of the immigration issue did that, namely those who
wanted an

illegal alien
granted special privileges. Mr.
Tancredo didn`t do that. He simply wanted to know why
long-standing laws aren`t being enforced. 

Whenever politicians start
whimpering about how "large and complex" an issue is,
you should know they`re trying to avoid a

clear position
on it.

So far, no one knows who will win
in the "scandal" about Jesus Apodaca, but my money`s on
Mr. Tancredo, whose position on the "large and complex"
issue of aliens who violate our laws is quite clear.

The counterattack on the
congressman was

at his hiring a

local construction company
to do some work on his
house. The company may (or may not) have hired some
illegal aliens to do some of the work, and therefore,
Mr. Tancredo`s enemies began yelping, the congressman
himself is a hypocrite for hiring illegals when he
demands that laws against doing so be enforced.

Mr. Tancredo responded entirely
sensibly that he has no idea who the company with which
he made the contract hires and

no reasonable way
of finding out whether its workers
were legal or not.

He`s obviously correct, and it`s
hardly his responsibility to enforce laws the government
won`t or can`t.

The trumped-up "scandal" Mr.
Tancredo`s enemies were sniggering about uncovering
expired without a whimper.

If all of this accomplishes nothing
else, it ought to boost Tom Tancredo`s qualifications
for holding somewhat higher office than that of

I can think of a governor, a
senator and maybe even a president who need to start
thinking about that.


October 07, 2002