Tancredo’s Ghost Looms Large As Immigration Efforts Teeter

Tom Tancredo.

Politico reports on the troubled place immigration reform efforts in Washington find themselves today:

A bipartisan agreement unveiled Wednesday faces intense skepticism from the left flank of the Democratic Caucus and hardening resistance from many Republicans amid a White House campaign to defeat it, including a Thursday veto threat. It would give an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship while spending $25 billion on border security…

The Trump administration stepped up its resistance to the bipartisan immigration amendment overnight, with the Department of Homeland Security releasing a comment blasting it as “an egregious violation of” the president’s four-part framework that would create “mass amnesty.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a supporter of the bipartisan proposal, slammed DHS on Thursday for “acting less like a partner and more like an adversary.” [Pols emphasis]

“Instead of offering thoughts and advice — or even constructive criticism — they are acting more like a political organization intent on poisoning the well,” Graham said in a statement.

Here’s the Tweet from the Department of Homeland Security’s press secretary that set off Sen. Lindsey Graham:

If the name Tyler Q. Houlton rings a bell for local political observers, there’s a very good reason. Houlton is a longtime Colorado political operative, who once worked at the right-wing “news site” Colorado Observer as well as the conservative advocacy group Compass Colorado. Prior to that, Houlton served as the spokesperson for Rep. Tom Tancredo–during the same time period that Tancredo became persona non grata in the Bush White House for his nativist antics on immigration at the same time that Bush was pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.

With all of this in mind, Lindsey Graham’s inside-baseball dig at Houlton reveals a much bigger divide between Republicans than is generally recognized. Appointing Tancredo’s former spox to run the press shop for the Department of Homeland Security is a highly provocative act as Graham’s burn demonstrates. But it also shows again just how far from the mainstream the Trump administration is on the issue of immigration.

Far enough that Team Tancredo is a perfect fit.


9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    I always thought Tanc would be a perfect DHS secretary for Trump. Guess I wasn't far off!

  2. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Know what I think?

    I think something might actually get done on immigration. Maybe not what Democrats want, which is millions of new voters, but what Americans want. Reform and security.

    • unnamed says:

      How would you know what Americans want?  They want Dreamers to stay and they don't want your stupid wall.  They definitely don't want to pay for your stupid wall.

      Also as far as my question from yesterday: If I own a business and refuse to serve Republicans, because it goes against my conscience, what would you call that?

    • The administration and House preferred plan was shot down 39-60. The bipartisan plans each got a majority, but not 60 votes. What plan do you think might pass?

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      Know what I think, Moddy? I think you're terrified of all those brown kids becoming citizens who can vote and may not have much patience for cranky old men with ethnic names who say I (or my ancestors) got mine" and want to pull up the ladder.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Know what I think, you traitorous piece of Trumpian pig shit?

      I think you and your ilk are responsible for this nation coming apart at the seams. If you defend the Trumpublican party and its assault on American democracy, you are an enemy of mine and a threat to the Constitution of the United States of America.

      You will be defeated. You cannot subjugate the American people. We will rise up and send you back to the hateful darkness where you belong.

      November comes…you go down..enough is enough.


    • spaceman65 says:

      Moddy, you have no idea what America wants.  Your alt-right ilk can't and won't listen to others.  Majority supports protecting dreamers, and rejects the wall.  Yet, here we are because your party, the fucking party in power, won't listen to the people.  Now, excuse me while I get back to reading this lengthy indictment.

  3. flatiron says:

    How did Gardner vote on the DACA bills today?

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