23 October 2007 at 5:27 PM EST

10-17 Trip to NH

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Tom speaks to students at Sunapee High School,  aired last night on C-SPAN.  It is a bit lengthy but it is a good indicator of how Tom acts in real situations. 

You can take a look at some other candidates and they act the same way during a debate as they do talking to a group of  students.  Tom takes the situation for what it is and acts accordingly, naturally.

I have said this numerous times, but for those who have not had the pleasure to meet him, he speaks to you as a person, not a politician.


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"I have said this numerous times, but for those who have not had the pleasure to meet him, he speaks to you as a person, not a politician."

I can echo that, Alan. I had a brief visit with Tom at the Iowa Straw Poll, and a longer one when he came to Tulsa in September. Tom leans toward you when he talks with you, touches your arm, and listens to what you have to say. I felt like I was chatting with a neighbor.

I also agree with Alan and Bobbie. Tom is a very genuine person!

A long video for sure but it shows that Tom Tancredo is a real American that puts his pants on and ties his shoes every morning like many Americans. His values remain unchallenged in the G.O.P.! His down to earth attitude remains unchallenged. Why he is still considered a "second tier" candidate is beyond me.

It is obvious that Tom is comfortable within his element. As a former teacher, I can picture the environment without being there. He interacts with these kids in an upbeat yet serious manner, and they are taking in what he has to say. These kind of smaller group situations help Tom to relate his stance in a more relaxed manner. He is so congenial, pleasant and listens to what the kids are saying. He is just a great American, and a teacher for all of us.

Having had the opportunity - several times - to spend time with Tom, I can tell you that he is the most wonderful, most genuine person. I have enjoyed getting to know his wife too. Both of them are tremendous people!

I know that many of you that comment here on the blog have gotten to know Tom in person too and would agree with my comments. Some of you are even participating on Tom's very own fan web-site. We hope that any decided supporter of Tom for President, who has not yet heard about this site - the official fan web-site for Tom Tancredo - will stop over there and get involved. If you want an invitation to join, just send an e-mail to: tancfancampaign(at)fancampaign(dot)com

The address of the fan site is: http://tancredo.fancampaign.com

My wife and I went to a lot of effort and time to get this fan site rolling for all of Tom's fans. We opened the site about two weeks ago. We have big plans and upgrades coming for that site.

TeamTancredo.TypePad.Com NEEDS to continue to have a strong readership and participation. In addition, we need some strong growth and participation over at Tom's fan web-site. Please join us over there too and make sure you are reading Alan's news and press releases - daily - at TeamTancredo.org.

Immigration is talk of N.H. Republicans
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EXETER, N.H. -- Immigration is the issue that Republican conservatives in this state want most to talk about, complain about and probably vote about.

The topic keeps coming up across the nation's first primary state. In bucolic Exeter, high school senior Allison Franklin asked about immigration during a Q&A session last week with Mitt Romney. In Hooksett, Bob Sweeney discussed it at a campaign gathering at a friend's home.

Shannon McGinley, a Bedford homemaker and determined anti-abortion activist, found as she went to campaign events that immigration ''is something that's right up there'' with abortion this year for conservatives.

At first glance, rage over illegal immigration would seem out of place in a state where fall seems a gentle time to enjoy brisk breezes, engage in chatter about the Red Sox and Patriots, and while away hours on town greens that are turning yellow, red and brown.

But peer a bit deeper and it's easy to see that immigration is exploding as a major issue -- possibly the major issue -- in a wide-open Republican presidential primary race.

''For Republicans, it's becoming a litmus test of how conservative you are,'' said Wayne Lesperance, associate professor of political science at New England College in Hennicker, N.H.

''Absolutely, it's become an important issue,'' added Andrew E. Smith, the director of the University of New Hampshire's Granite State Poll.

He noted that Arizona Sen. John McCain's troubles have stemmed partly from his so far unsuccessful efforts to craft an immigration compromise that would put undocumented aliens on a path to citizenship. Disdain for that initiative is widespread among Republicans nationwide, including here.

Many Republican candidates are pledging with clenched jaws to protect America's borders at all costs.

That's a switch for some.

In the 1990s, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended immigration as good and necessary for New York's economy, and once said it was impossible to defend U.S. borders anyway.

Now the Republican front-runner says it can and should be done. He proposes creating a national database of noncitizens and issuing tamper-proof biometric ID cards to all noncitizen workers and students.

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, want to withhold federal money from cities and states that don't report illegal aliens, to toughen border security and to expedite the process of sending undocumented aliens home.

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo's campaign is built almost entirely on a platform of getting tough with the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

The issue resonates because it touches so many bases.

''There's the issue of economic fairness,'' Smith said, ``the idea that people can lose their jobs because of this.''

That's part of what worries Sweeney, a granite artisan in Hooksett. His is a specialized craft, and he lamented how ``they're coming in here and taking jobs away from Americans, and it's directly affecting people in my field.''

Rick Christie, a retired government official from Goffstown, voiced the same complaint.

''I'm a conservative. I'm against abortion, but this is the biggest issue right now,'' he said. ``I am against amnesty.''

He cited the potential burden on the social service and education systems, saying, ``I want my tax money to go to Americans.''

The immigration debate has other tentacles: It's also about safety, security and the cultural frictions that arise when newcomers fail to speak English and assimilate into local culture.

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that there were 10,000 to 30,000 illegal immigrants in New Hampshire in 2005. They're not invisible.

New Ipswich Police Chief Garrett Chamberlain got national attention three years ago when, during routine traffic stops, he discovered some people weren't here legally, and charged them with trespassing.

New Ipswich, near the Massachusetts border, is a town of about 5,000 people, mostly white, that rarely sees violent crime, but the chief thought that cracking down on illegals would help keep crime contained.

''In smaller states, it doesn't take that much for people to notice it,'' said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that's fighting illegal immigration. ''The smaller the town, the more evident it becomes,'' because the cultural differences stand out.

All this has spawned some backlash. Chamberlain's efforts drew strong criticism from labor officials and the state's American Civil Liberties Union. At least two New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation to bar state and local officials from enforcing federal immigration laws.

In Exeter, Franklin, a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, raised the issue with Romney at a town meeting.

Franklin said she was originally from California, and wanted Romney to understand that immigration wasn't as simple as it seemed. Illegals sometimes help the economy, she said.

Romney explained that while he welcomes legal immigration, ``illegal immigration has to end.''

Franklin wasn't impressed; she called his views ``so intellectually dangerous.''

She's not speaking for the Republican majority, apparently, as candidates take tough stands.

Tancredo jumped in last month, appearing with Chamberlain in Concord to warn that New Hampshire would become a ''sanctuary state'' if it passed the measure prohibiting enforcement of anti-immigration laws.

Romney blasts Giuliani for flip-flopping on the issue; 11 years ago, Giuliani told a Massachusetts audience: ``We're never ever going to be able to totally control immigration to a country that is as large as ours.''

Today Giuliani promises crowds that ''we can end illegal immigration.'' He says improvements in technology make border control more feasible.

It's not clear which Republican will win New Hampshire's primary, but it is clear that whoever does will take a strong stand against illegal immigration, because that's what state conservatives want.

''This is the biggest issue around, because you have two distinct views,'' Chamberlain said. ``You have those who believe in secure borders and maintaining the rule of law, and those who don't. And most traditional Americans believe in the process of coming in the front door.''

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