August 10th, 2010
06:46 PM ET
4 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. MAC

    I wish we could but the liberal courts including the Supreme Court have already made laws preventing that and denying them medical and social services.

    August 10, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Sue

    Tancredo is wrong. The 14th Amendment definitely needs to be challenged. If illegals give birth on US soil, their children should NOT receive cititzenship.

    There was an article by the Dallas News last week-–illegals give birth to 80,000 babies per year--in one year, in Texas ONLY. None of these 80,000 should receive citizenship.

    If illegals had 80,000 kids in Texas alone in one year--imagine what that number is throughout the country?

    The Republicans in Arizona are going to challenge this in January/February 2011--by giving the kids of illegals birth announcements only, NOT US birth certificates.

    Based on all polls--the majority in the country support denying the kids of illegals citizenship.

    As someone said-–how can an illegal pass on to their kids, something that they do not have?

    However, Tancredo is definitely right about denying the kids of illegals a free education in our schools. And, for all of the liberals who cry/moan about this--let them agree to be taxed more, in order to pay for these kids.

    In Arizona-–they are paying $40 million a YEAR--for ESL classes, teachers, tutors, etc-–due to illegals. This money should be spent on the kids of US citizens-–you know, those people who pay taxes.

    August 10, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Linda

    No school funding to illegal kids?! Just plain wrong. We can't blame the kids for the actions of the parents. And besides can you imagine.. what if they all turn out to be as illiterate as Sarah Palin. Oh! I keeping forgetting. She's educated and more intelligent than our President, a former Harvard Law Professor and attorney.

    August 10, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Dee

    Oh great. Let's keep them uneducated and make sure they continue to live in abject poverty. This will help them grow up into useful human beings. Let's make children pay for their parents transgressions. Education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty and you want to deny it to innocent children. America has indeed lost her way. We used to be the "good guys". Now we peddle hate.

    August 10, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. marc in california

    You know, I'll bet this guy idolized people like George Wallace, Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, and Huey Long. How else could somebody try do deny children of different nationalities the right to a good quality education?

    August 10, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Lisa

    And I would say that since the Republicans can't run on the fear of abortion this time around, they're jumping on fear of immigrants.

    It's always fear with the Republicans. They should just call themselves the Grand Old Demagogues!

    August 10, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Gil

    How could he if they were American Citizens. What is wrong with these right wing nut extremist republicans. They are anti-American and morons!

    August 10, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Judy

    I guess the 14th Amendment and the Constitution have lost all their meaning and the support of the republicans.

    August 10, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. vette gal

    I hate to agree with this guy but I think he's right. Illegal aliens don't pay taxes to support our schools and part of the problem with schools is their budgets. Teachers are forced to try to educate way too many children in a classroom. If they want their children to go to our public schools, then they should become citizens and pay taxes like the rest of us and help support our educational system. Right now, in essence, they're getting a free education and free ride.

    August 10, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Kevin

    How is "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. " unclear? If you are born in the US you are a citizen. Case closed. The only way to change this is through another constitutional amendment, and there is no way that would pass.

    August 10, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Layla

    I couldn't agree more. The key word here is illegal.

    August 10, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. jay

    Their parents may be illegal, but if they are born here, like it or not, they are American citizens.

    August 10, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. terry - Indiana

    Guess what, everything he is saying is true. We have created a bread basket for these illegal aliens. Free healthcare. Free Citizenship for their new born children. Free education. Free federal meals at school, with a federal proposal for a free dinner, which will become three meals a day for all illegal aliens in the school system. We have been invaded, and the illegal aliens are stealing America, one dollar at a time. Americans need to revolt by refusing to pay taxes. Take away the federal governments ability to fund "Free Everything" for illegal aliens. Pay state taxes, and elect state representatives who will spend our money more wisely.

    August 10, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    This is a perfect example of not thinking things through. Has he given any thought to how having more uneducated people will harm our economy?

    August 10, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. David Scott

    Rip-publicans are lying ,low life bigots whose only agenda is " HATE ".
    They have no ideas to HELP America.... JUST HATEFUL Religious dribble saying they are the children of God. Their God is a HATE FILLED LYING BIGOT If they are made in His image.

    August 10, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Uncle Sam

    Amen. Then eliminate ALL funding, programming, and welfare for their families. It is ridiculous that taxpayers and local schools are left to foot the bill for illegals that the Obama Administration looks at as potential voters.

    August 10, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. all the news that's fit to omit

    As a real Republican, this loser needs ti STFU and get out of the race.

    Nice piece loser.

    August 10, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. carlos

    first, let us verify if this dumbass is really a citizen of this USA or fromparents entering this country illigally, shocking???????/ NO......he is asking for all of this scrutiny, so,let us do it, investigate him.

    August 10, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. esanders

    He is nothing but a racist and a pathetic form of human flesh. To attack children, who ever they are (or are from) is pathetic and unpatriotic. He needs to be sent home.

    August 10, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Djinn

    One wonders how far up this dickhead's family tree we would have to look to find when and how his ancestors got here. My guess, given his demeanor, is that there are outlaws there who also came here running from...

    August 10, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Deny press coverage to this piece of garbage!

    August 10, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    "This has nothing to do with race."

    Okay, then it has everything to do with trying to get votes by pandering to others' racism.

    In either case, who's the pimp?

    August 10, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Gaylon Barrow NOT A DEMOCRAT ANYMORE AND ASHMED I EVER WAS.

    Have the illegals pay a tuition fee just like one would have to do if he went to mexico to go to school. NO MORE FREEBIES, HEALTH, WELFARE, AND SCHOOLING.

    August 10, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Chris

    My grandfather...like Tancredo's family....came here "illegally". I'm leaving for Afghanistan in a few days....I've already worked for FEMA and the State Department. Sometimes knowing people like him exist makes it a great deal harder to defend my country. Tancredo IS a racist.

    August 10, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Tyler

    I am a teacher in Aurora, Colorado. American kids (citizens) can't even get additional help because the school district is overwhelmed with kids who don't speak english, many the children of illegal aliens. It's hard to deny an innocent child the oppotunity for an education, but when their presence infringes on the education of American children it is frustrating. I help every child, but I believe we need to start drawing some lines. The problem is the parents of these kids just don't care in many cases. It's a sad situation, but I support Tancredo. These people have become parasites in our community.

    August 10, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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