05 June 2007 at 7:26 PM EST

The Consequences of Illegal Immigration

Posted by Mike Tate in Presidential Debate in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College | Comments (2) | Permalink

"Whether or not we survive as a nation." This is a strong response, and I like it.

You heard the Tanc. These are the final moments of the nation is illegal immigration remains unchecked.

*** post-debate transcript insertion ***

MR. SPRADLING: Thanks, Wolf.

Congressman Tancredo, let’s talk immigration.

REP. TANCREDO: Okay.

MR. SPRADLING: You opposed the immigration reform compromise calling it, quote, “the worst piece of legislation to come down the pike in a long time.” Just this morning, in Manchester, you vowed to oust any senator who supports the bill, including possibly New Hampshire’s senior senator, Judd Gregg, who’s undecided, and says to your comments that you are part of the “no nothing” wing of the political spectrum. In the meantime, the president says his plan is the “last best chance” for serious immigration reform. He’s criticized conservatives for being obstructionists.

With that tension at stake, if this becomes law, what are the consequences for the country?

REP. TANCREDO: They are incredible and they are disastrous. And that is exactly why I have said what I’ve said, and that is why I have consistently tried to impress upon the American public the seriousness of this issue. We’re not just talking about the number of jobs that we may be losing, or the number of kids that are in our schools and impacting our school system, or the number of people that are abusing our hospital system and taking advantage of the welfare system in this country — we’re not just talking about that. We’re talking about something that goes to the very heart of this nation — whether or not we will actually survive as a nation. And here’s what I mean by that.

What we’re doing here in this immigration battle is testing our willingness to actually hold together as a nation or split apart into a lot of Balkanized pieces. We are testing our willingness to actually hold on to something called the English language, something that is the glue that is supposed to hold us together as a nation. We are becoming a bilingual nation, and that is not good. And that is the fearful part of this. It has — the ramifications are much, much more significant than any that we’ve been discussing so far.

And so yes, I have said dramatic things. And yes, I am willing to do what is ever (sic) necessary to try to stop this piece of legislation, and that includes go after any Republican that votes for it, because the Republicans can stop this.

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Comments

Excellent response by our Congressman and probably the loudest applause of the night so far. CNN got it right by giving Tom the lead-off response. TANCREDO '08

When he talks about S. 1348 in future, I hope he will bring up the fact that it won't just be amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegals who are already here. It will be instant legalization for everyone who applies. All you need is an easily forged document saying you were here before 2007. This means, it will be a literal free for all - permanent residency for every single person who can get themselves to the application office. This bill "fixes" the problem of illegal immigration by making all immigration legal. For however long the bill specifies applications for amnesty are open, we will have NO borders whatsoever.
I think this is an important point.

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