Denver, Colorado (CNN) - Colorado Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Tancredo, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, told CNN he opposes altering the 14th Amendment calling the debate over it: "almost a ruse."
Describing himself as "an outspoken critic of the anchor baby phenomenon," the former five-term Republican congressman said the question of who is a citizen should be resolved by the courts.
If elected, Tancredo vowed he would trigger a court fight by denying public school funding to the children of illegal immigrants.
Tancredo also said he would force the issue "through the mechanism we use to fund education. We could say for instance that we are not going to provide support for people, the children of people who are here illegally."
Snapping his fingers for emphasis, he explained, "That would immediately start a lawsuit just like that and hopefully it would get to the Supreme Court right away."
Tancredo, who also ran for President as a Republican, is running for governor on the American Constitution Party ticket. He gained national prominence for his hardline views on immigration, a key issue in the Colorado primaries.
Tancredo supports the controversial Arizona immigration law as well as a mandate requiring employers to verify workers' social security numbers. Tancredo surprised Colorado party insiders by jumping into the race late in the game as a third party candidate - especially since he had admonished tea party activists to stay in the Republican fold.
Now, he said, the Republican party has lost its way.
"I think they're still sort of mucking around trying to find it." Tancredo said.
And, he said "I'm not convinced anymore" that tea party activists should vote Republican in the future.
"Rather than incorporating into any party, they should stay the conscience of any party, any conservative party." Tancredo said. Tancredo is uncertain about the future of the tea party; in Colorado, he predicted, "Many of them will not stay if their guy does not win the primary. They'll evaporate, go away."
As for the Washington debate over altering the 14th Amendment, he said he's convinced any attempt to change it would be fruitless: "I just don't think it's going to occur, and if it did it would take many many many years."
He said his views would prevail in a court fight because "theres nothing in the 14th Amendment zero that talks about illegal aliens."
If the candidate is concerned about alienating this state's many Latino voters he doesn't admit it.
"This has nothing to do with race," he told CNN.
Tancredo has fighting words for those who see his position anti-Latino. He said, "I would call them race baiting pimps, that's really what people are who try to make this into some sort of racial issue."
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A permanent uneducated underclass – more cheap service workers for their feudal lieges in the Republican Party!
Personally I don't support anything that would cut off education funding to people within the country because unless you prevent those children from being at the school you just hurt all the students. However, if it was implemented the only chance it would have of surviving a court challenge is if the funding was only cut from children that are illegal immigrants themselves. If the child is a U.S. citizen he'd just end up wasting a ton of state funds fighting a lawsuit with no chance of victory.
Children of illegal immigrants could be American citizens. I am shocked at Tancredo's views. I hope that the people of Colorado take a stand and vote against Tancredo's policy in November as they elect their new governor. Colorado, please vote in favor of your U.S.citizens.
so is the GOP going to support a non-Christian like Tancredo?
Yeah those kids are the ones who need to be punished, how dare they have the nerve to be born here! It is all the KIDS faults.
Does this man have nothing to offer but hate?
I freaking hate this guy!
Republicans always target those who cannot fight back. They are cowards and unwilling to pass real immigration reform. If they did then their business buddies woud lose their illegal slave labor help and not be able to cheat the govt out of employer taxes anymore.
Plus who would maintain their landscapes, clean their mansions, and raise their children while they go partying in Europe???
They go after babies, want to rip up our Consitution, create fear conspiracy theories and blame President Obama for border security. Why didn't Bush handle border security after 9/11?? Why did Republicans pass immigration reform in the past decade under Bush? Why did President Reagan give AMNESTY to 10M illegals, George Bush give AMNESTY to 3M illegals and John McCain write an AMNESTY bill in Congress in 2007????
Republicans care NOTHING about illegal immigration. Isn't it convenient they have suddenly become terrified two months before the mid-term elections but won't let an immigration reform bill even reach the floor for a vote????
Liars and hypocrites who want to make you forget how they betrayed you and voted NO on everything for our recovery and job creation. NO Republicans in NOvember!
I can just see the fire burning in their brains when I read anything the Republicans say or write. There is so much anger and hatred in them. Were they all sleeping when Bush was in charge? Why now?
In fact, the Obama administration has deported the most illegals especially those who have committed crimes.
Someone call the doctor....the Republicans hearts and heads need to be checked! Sore losers!
That does sound a bit extreme. I wonder if he would take away the air they breathe if he could.
Tancredo is a racist, no matter how he tries to excuse his beliefs as being Pro-American or not. He had his chance as a congressman to create an immigration reform law that would have worked but for the terms in the law that ranchers and farmers in his state opposed restricting their use of immigrant / illegal labor. It just wasn't politically advantageous for him at that time if he wanted to gain the financial support he required to be re-elected. Now that he is on the outside and can say whatever he wants, he espouses the most restrictive, anti-family response possible.
If he was honestly ready to make rational proposals that would attract wide-spread political support and vital support from the agricultural and construction industries, he might be worth listening to, but pandering to the basest reactionary Tea Party notions is nothing short of racism.
An aside; if a moderately anti-Israeli proposal can be considered to be anti-semitism, Tancredo's positions on immigration can rightly be considered to be outright racism.
You tell 'em Tom. Illegals are bankrupting our schools system with their "English as a Second Language" requirement. Mean while our real US students are suffering. Plus the illegals bring all the drugs and violence into this country that we don't need. Look at Mexico...the president of Mexico and the mexican army can't control the violence, the cops are all dirty. Why the hell would we want those kind of people here in the U.S.? Put them in cattle trucks and send them home.
So let me get this straight, your going to stand at the school gates and weed out who you think the illegals are right! All talk and no brains. Nothing to do with race huh, what about the several hundred thousand illegals from around the world who have been here for years? Oh thats ok because thay are all white.
Heard an interview on NPR News Radio some months back from an unidentified Czeck national here illegaly for the past 6 years. Gave a hispanic a lift one night, police pulled him over for a minor traffic violation. Took the hispanic passenger into custody because he couldnt prove at the time that he was legal. Turns out that he was. Officers did not even consider asking the driver for proof because he was white.
This whole discussion has everything to do with race so dont try and paint it differently. I'm of Irish decent and if our for fathers followed your logic I wouldnt be here now stating what a idiot you and the republibots are.
No education = locked up most time. Its less expensive to educate
All these republicanthe only thing the want to say yes to is try and single out immigrant and to intimidate hispanics well yes theres hispanics that break the law they should get deported but not just for a traffic stop because they car pool to work take their car and give them a fine az gets rid of people like that and they are taking the workforce and leaving the criminals but in i want to rub it in to republicans me and my two bro and older sis came illegal as kids luckly we didnt turn into terror babies