Tancredo asks if promises made by McCain earlier in the presidential campaign to hold off on giving longtime illegal immigrants a “pathway to citizenship” until after the borders were secured were any more than lip service, and wonders whether the presumptive Republican nominee’s candidacy is a Trojan horse for amnesty.
“Senator, given your past sponsorship of amnesty legislation, such statements raise troubling questions. Are you planning to break a promise you made in February to postpone all other immigration reform legislation until we have first secured our borders?” writes Tancredo, who goes on to ask McCain to use an upcoming speech to the pro-pathway to citizenship National Council of La Raza in San Diego to embrace a “security first” immigration approach.
“I challenge you to deliver a message to that assembly which does not pander to their amnesty agenda. You should speak to the La Raza convention and to all Hispanic audiences about America’s need for secure borders as a priority above all other immigration reforms,” Tancredo said…
“Giving Americans “Straight Talk” –- telling them what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear – demonstrates leadership, and as you have correctly pointed out many times in the past, that is what America needs now more than ever,” he said.
The catalyst for this, according to ABC, was Maverick’s alleged sellout last week at the meeting Rosanna Pulido attended, but I can’t find a copy of the letter at Tancredo’s website to confirm. Mind you, McCain’s still technically taking a “borders first” position, but either he thinks that the border’s already secure or that it will be secure by next January because he’s already talking about pushing comprehensive reform back on Congress’s plate the day after the inauguration per his interview with Diario Libre. To put it all in context, here’s what he was saying back on January 30 at the Reagan Library:
It’s silly to keep hammering him on this since he’s not going to change, even if you believe (inexplicably) that he wants to. That being so, is it even worth bringing up anymore? Tancredo will accomplish nothing here and the boss is hinting darkly at Maverick being “un-fixable” and “fundamentally flawed” and conservatives needing to “reconcile themselves” to that fact. Exit question: Second look at staying home? Or are people waiting for that until Tancelot inevitably withdraws his support for McCain’s candidacy?