June 5th, 2007
10:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Audience cheers Tancredo and Romney on immigration

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, said the consequences of the current immigration reform bill are "unbelievable" and "disastrous."

Tancredo received audience applause when he said that America's willingness to hold onto the English language is being tested and he is, "willing to do whatever is necessary to stop this piece of legislation."

The Republican lawmaker emphasized he would, "go after any Republican that votes for it because the Republicans can stop this."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also received audience cheers tonight after he fielded an immigration question.

The question referenced Sen. John McCain's criticism of Romney's past positions on immigration for what the Arizona senator was pandering for votes while not offering solutions on the issue.

Romney criticized the Kennedy-McCain immigration reform bill, arguing, "Almost everyone, under this bill gets to stay here. That's not fair to the millions and millions of people around the world that would love to come here, join with family members, bring skills and education we need."

The former Massachusetts governor believes the bill gives preferential treatment to illegal immigrants, "it is simply not fair to say those people get put ahead in the line of all the people who have been waiting legally to come to this country."

McCain said the U.S. needs to secure its borders and stop illegal immigration. He noted that Spanish was spoken in his home state of Arizona long before English was prevalent.

McCain stressed that many former and current members of the Armed Forces are Hispanic. The Arizona senator pointed out that many troops serving in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan are not yet American citizens, but they, "love this country so much that they're willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship."

–CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. sgrblog

    Ron Paul clearly is the best candidate. He's winning over at the MSNBC poll by a huge margin!

    June 5, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Anthony from Norristown, PA

    Tancredo's views on language is right on. Language IS Culture, and English is the language of the Land. Want to be an American, then you MUST learn English. That doesn't mean you can't speak whatever language you want in your own home.

    Ron Paul however, I believe, was robbed of his views on many questions. It was Ghouliani, McCain, and Romney all night....

    June 5, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    U.S. civilization hangs in the balance if policies such as this warped immigration bill are passes. The public already knows that these pre-meditated law breakers are not penalized yet if any legal U.S. citizens break the law we will be prosecuted and punished. The judicial, executive and legislative branches of our federal government are conspiring to deprive our citizens of unequal enforcement of our laws.

    June 5, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Nicole, Erie, PA

    I didn't agree with the comments on immigration regarding "leaving the past behind". It should be focused on making America their future. If immigrants want to come to America, it should be to become Americans in every sense–language, laws, culture, etc. My relatives did this while still being proud of their heritage, not flaunting it. Look back to immigration in the early 1900s. Look at Teddy Roosevelt's point of view. America should not have to accomodate anyone because they came from a foreign land–they chose to come here. If they are not willing to truly become Americans, then they should stay where they are.

    June 5, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. Phil, Alpharetta GA

    Tancredo hit the nail on the head and as the oath of citizenship states it, the candidate for citizenship must renounce allegiance to all other sovereignties and to pledge loyalty to America. Illegal aliens will never do that even with a Z visa. Wake up America, we are being colonized.

    June 6, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |