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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tancrazy call's for arrest of DREAM students at Capitol

It's not like Tam Tran and the other DREAM students haven't been through enough harassment already. After having her story published in a front page story in USA Today last week, the entire Tran family were arrested and detained by immigration official in what Representative Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-Calif), who chairs the House immigration subcommittee, characterized as a classic case of "witness intimidation."

Tran, whose parents escaped from Vietnam as "boatpeople" had testified earlier this year in front of Lofgren's committee on the plight of the thousands of immigrant children who were brought here by their undocumented parents and an early age, and now due to their undocumented status face uncertain futures.

It now appears that Colorado Congressman, and Republican Presidential long-shot, Tom Tancrazy wants to go after Tran again…along with a group of other DREAM Act students who were in Washington today at the invitation of Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL).

They were at the Capitol in support of the DREAM Act, a bill sponsored by Durbin, that would allow these young people, and thousands of others, the opportunity to continue on with their education and eventually earn the right to remain in this country legally.

Tancrazy, upon hearing of the planned arrival of the young people, immediately called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and demand the arrest of the students.

Tancredo Asks Immigration Authorities to Detain Illegal Aliens Attending Durbin Event in U.S. Capitol

( WASHINGTON, D.C. ) – Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) today released a statement regarding an event Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reportedly plans to hold in conjunction with discussion of the DREAM ACT – an event that will be attended by several illegal aliens.

“I call on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to detain any illegal aliens at this press conference. Just because these illegal aliens are being used for political gain doesn’t mean they get immunity from the law.”

“If we can’t enforce our laws inside the building where American laws are made, where can we enforce them?”

Tancredo alerted the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency earlier today regarding Durbin’s 3:00 PM meeting.

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For Tom, resorting to intimidation, even of children, seems to be his preferred method to silence political opponents. Perhaps he should have demanded that ICE detain Sen. Durbin as well for even bringing these children to Washington in the first place….since that's how Mr. Tancrazy wants all those who show compassion and humanity to be dealt with anyway.

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Raul de la gran selva said...

Ay, cosas increibles, no cabe duda!

You know, Tom Tancrazy would anger me enough no matter where he's coming from. But it makes me even more angry that he's from Colorado-- a Southwestern state in which Latinos have long had a presence, for centuries, since well before the Mexican War and the US invasion. And where accords and laws stretching back to that war specifically protect our rights to our cultural celebrations, our neighborhoods, our derecho to use español officially (governments, ballots, schools, museums, whatever), our holidays, whatever.

Tancredo is paralleled by some virulently racist Minuteman-types in Arizona-- a state definitely in the region providing special rights of protection for Latinos dating back to the Mexican War-- and their arrogance shows them for what they are. They are imperialists and, like Anglos with an imperialist mindset elsewhere, they look down with scorn and hatred at the people against whom they went to war in the relevant lands. IOW, they hate Latinos because we're in the places they want for themselves, and they don't want us here. They accuse us of being illegal? What exactly was their invasion 150 years ago?

Estoy harto de los insultos de gente como Tancredo. Tenemos derechos de estar y florecer en esta tierra!