August 10th, 2010
06:46 PM ET
8 years ago

Tancredo: Deny public school funding to children of illegal immigrants

 Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo told CNN Tuesday that he wants to deny public school funding to the children of illegal immigrants.

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo told CNN Tuesday that he wants to deny public school funding to the children of illegal immigrants.

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."

Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Immigration • issues • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Justen in Florida

    so, what's the problem?

    August 10, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I suggest denying public school of children that can't maintain a C average.
    How about taking away tax credits from parents whose kids perform poorly in scool or who get into legal trouble since they will be costing the country money in the future for their failure?
    Why not force parent into paqrenting classes for kids that get on legal troulbe or do not maintain a C average?
    The problems with our schools is not the children of the illegals- it is all kids that do not perform properly. The cause of this problem is lack of dicipline in schools, the poor structure of order in our schools, the lack of concern by parents , the lack of mandated participation in a students life, and yes, non-caring educators. the reason they don;t care is up for discussion, but many just are not involved in their students.
    Poverty is not the problem in education. Poverty is not an excuse for not participating in a childs education. But for every generation we let slip, the one behind it slips even further until the entire nation lacks education and drive.
    This is our fault for our complacency to the issue.

    August 10, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Brandon V. in DFW

    So to make sure I get this right, even if the child is a citizen, (no matter what you think of the 14th amendment it is the law) we should deny the children of illegal immigrants an education?

    Seriously this dude is living in the wrong century.

    He calls for literacy tests for minorities to vote and now wants to deny citizens an education if their parents are illegal, wow.

    Colorado voters this is your nutcase, please keep him under wraps.

    August 10, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Marcus

    'Tancredo has fighting words for those who see his position anti-Latino. He tells CNN. "I would call them race baiting pimps, that's really what people are who try to make this into some sort of racial issue."'

    It's like a KKK member saying that his organization has nothing to do with what we know as 'race'!!!!
    Plus the story shows clearly how 'strong' are his beliefs...
    But, supposing that he eventually do becomes Colorado's next Governor and is true to his word... somebody please correct me if I am wrong but hasn't the SCOTUS ALREADY ruled that you can't deny education to child based on her legal status? Back in 1982, against a Texan law or something?

    August 10, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. the real ib

    Good; it's time people stood up for what is right in this country. We are being over run by illegals and the gov. is trying to stop Az. from doing something about it. I'm tired of working my butt off and these illegals come in here and abuse our system. Time to stand up and yell NO.

    August 10, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Gary

    He sure sounds like a Teabagger.

    August 10, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Too late. 10 million anchors have already dropped and they dropped their anchors and so on and so on. Fine and imprison employers that hire illegals. Stop harassing U.S. Citizens and making our country into a a fascist police state.

    August 10, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Fernando Valerio

    Hi there.
    First of all, what kind of last name is this anyway, for a person who clearly hates illegal immigrants. "Tancredo" is the first name of an old president of Brazil, from the eight's, and he was a decent man, but this is nothing but a huge coincidence. I've been watching Mr Tancredo with all of those arguments against the illegal aliens who are living in American soil, and as everybody knows, broke the law staying there permanently with no permition to do so. But there are many things around this issue, regardless of the situation they are right now. There are families who went to the US legally, but for any reason overstayed their visas becoming illegal immigrants, and did nothing wrong but raise a family and pay taxes for the government of the United States of America, helping also this beautiful country to stay above many other countries for many years, economicaly and peacefuly speaking.
    My point is.... let's be fair and not judge every illegal immigrant who is now living in the US. There are many others who can and are already doing so much for the land of opportunities, and with this economic crises that you are going through, extra help is always welcome, specialy when this help is already there!!!
    Let's think about it for a little while.
    God bless this beautiful world!!! and don't ever forget: we'll always be ONE nation in crises..... and yes, we can..... do a lot to stop this hate.

    August 10, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Chipster

    Oh sure, there's a great idea – as long as they're here, they might as well remain illiterate and desperate. Ensure that they can't get a decent education so that the only job available to them is drug dealer, thief, or both. Where does the GOP/Tea Party find these short-sighted, half-wit candidates?

    Why is it that they never recommend locking up business owners who hire illegal immigrants? The GOP calls them "contributors."

    August 10, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. John Black Hills/SD

    Americans have done enough for "illegals", we (Americans) welcome you when you come into our homes "invited". It's something different when you invite yourselves to our world. That is not the act of a friend, not in my world anyway.

    August 10, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Educate yourself

    “[The 14th amendment] will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of person.” - Jacob M. Howard (author of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment)

    August 10, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Dave

    Good. Every state should.
    If they are here ILLEGALLY, then them and their children should be :

    Denied health care
    Denied schooling
    Denied ALL forms of social assistance that uses OUR taxes

    But mostly, we need to deny them access to our country first.

    The country is going under through overspending but many of you want to pay BILLIONS to people who aren't even American. It is insane.

    Let them go back to their country and do one of two things:
    1. Try to change their country if they do not like it
    2. Apply to come here LEGALLY

    Why this is even a debate or an issue is beyond reason.


    August 10, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. BJ

    The truth be told, California took a whopping loss with the large number of illegal immigrants that flooded the state. Latinos, for example, won elections and appointed their comrades to high places and the next thing we knew magnificent schools were built all over Los Angeles to accommodate the children. Other children in Los Angeles got nothing. They voted to increase the hours of the cafeteria works that are prodominantly Latino and gave them full insurance coverage costing the district $35 million dollars. Educators and Administrators took the brunt of that blow.

    So in essense California has footed the bill for these costly expenses (I won't even go there about how the medical facilities were bankrupted). No press will touch this or cover the hardship it placed on the state. All they talk about is the lack of funds in California, but if the truth would be told it would be revealed.

    The media slants stories or just don't discuss things that are not necessarily factual about situations. I suggest that California submit a bill to Mexico for all of the expenses incurred, since they are the 5th largest GNP in the world. Why are we supporting them? It sounds like it should be the other way around.

    How is it that every Latino group and politician expects the U.S. to cover their costs to be here? The air of entitlement is astounding. Mexico wouldn't do it for me.

    And for the record, 14th Amendment was written for African Americans. It has been applied incorrectly and I believe that the Supreme Court should interpret it, if anyone has the guts.

    I think they children should be able to receive an education here, but Mexico should pick up the tab.

    August 10, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Absolutely! No one in this country illegally should receive any service paid for by taxpayers!

    August 10, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. bennie new york

    All this "anchor baby" garbage is racist as hell. What about all the white children born to teenage mothers because of poor sex ed? Are they not a drain on our society? They are, yet no Republican would dare stand up and say they're in favor of abortion or comprehensive sex education. Once more, the GOP shows themselves to be the Party of Racism and Hypocrisy.

    August 10, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Jasper

    How I wish all Latinos will vote against all Republicans this November. In that way they will stop treating us as if we do not have a voice. Let our voices be heard and let the Republicans know that we are a voting block to reckon with and not a political pinata.

    August 10, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. MPeters

    Annnnnnnd doing as Tancredo says would violate Constitutional Law as set out by the Supreme Court when O'Connor was still on the bench. Right-Wing nutjob in the hizzy.

    August 10, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Future expat

    Rabid immigration critic, yet a descended from immigrants.
    Rabid warhawk, yet refused to join the military because of 'depression'.

    Ignore this fool.

    August 10, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. usualone

    What a cruel, and dumb, man. If these kids get no public education, just think of all the kinds of troubles they most likely will get into. Education is a must for everyone who lives in this country.

    August 10, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Marcus

    Mr. Tancredo, please google Plyler v. Doe, and read about a 1982 SCOTUS ruling before saying any other bigotry-filled nonsense.

    August 10, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Old School Cool

    RIDICULOUS they don't already do this!
    Insanity to give an education I PAY FOR to the kids of a criminal who pays no tax.

    What moron thought it was OK to give any social services to criminal immigrants?

    August 10, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Fig1024

    Aside from racism, I don't see why people like Tancredo is against having more American children.

    Once they are born here, once they go to American school, they are raised as Americans, they aren't Mexicans or illegals. They are young Americans. And we need more young people if we want USA to be a strong country.

    We don't want to become dominated by aging population with negative growth!

    August 10, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. kaydevo

    If they were born here, those kids are citizens, period. The gov't. cannot deny them a public education. Even if it could, do you really want millions of uneducated children growing up, becoming unemployed, probably criminal? Think about it before you speak, dude.

    August 10, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. grant

    While we are at it, why don't we sew little patches on their clothing to indicate their status.
    Tancredo can suck it.

    August 10, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Donnatella

    This man is the Anti-Christ, you cannot call yourself a christian and vote for somebody this evil.

    August 10, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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