Skip to main content

Originally posted on Immigration Orange

I hate giving extremists attention, but someone has to start calling out Tom Tancredo for the fascism he is spewing.  I never thought I would see the day that a U.S. Presidential candidate would offically advocate for the prosecution of legislators for introducing a bill.

New Hampshire Democrats Lily Mesa and Susi Nord recently proposed House Bill 404 is described as "an act prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal immigration laws".  To use the favored term of anti-migrant advocates it would have made New Hampshire a "sanctuary" state.  For those of you that were wondering, sanctuary is a negative term for people like Tancredo.  Concepts like mercy and justice make Tancredo's blood boil.

It is one thing to harmfully advocate for the local enforcement of federal immigration laws.  It is another to suggest that legislators who disagree with you should be prosecuted.  This is the first time I have ever used the word fascist to describe someone's viewpoints but that is exactly what this is.

Fascism: A governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing aggressive nationalism and often racism

It's not like Tancredo just flippantly said these New Hampshire legislators should be prosecuted.  Ge put it out in an official press release and has defended his comments to the Associated Press.

If Presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo had his way, New Hampshire lawmakers behind an immigration bill would be thrown out of office and prosecuted for helping illegal immigrants.

"If they actually implemented it, you bet. It's aiding and abetting. I think that's a pretty clear violation of the federal law," he said Wednesday of the bill, which would prohibit state and local authorities from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Tancredo, a Colorado congressman who has staked his long-shot campaign for president on his vehement opposition to illegal immigration, acknowledged some legal obstacles likely would prevent prosecuting state lawmakers over proposed legislation. Otherwise, "I'd be more than willing to pursue it," he said. Mayors and city councilors who adopt sanctuary city policies also should face criminal charges, he said.

I won't dwell too much on sanctuary policies, but they are absolutely necessary for local and state police to protect local residents.  If migrants can't go to local law enforcement officials, they can't report on crimes committed against them, or by other people.  Fostering trust with migrant populations actually makes cities and towns safer and more lawful.  Even the Association of Major Cities Police Chiefs agrees that local officials should not enforce federal immigration law.  If you have a problem with it, take it up with them.


Originally posted to kyledeb on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 01:12 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

    •  Wow! You just gave me a idea! (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Nightprowlkitty, kyledeb, RickMassimo
      The brand new Ted Nugent CD just arrived at my desk today (I'm a music writer here which occasionally has a downside!). After emailing the poor publicist to give her a piece of my mind, i wondered what to do with this piece of dreck. Since I have been blacklisting Ted for six years due to hostile comments about Mexicans and immigrants in general that I heard him make on stage, I think I will mail the CD to Tom Tancredo! I hope it takes him on a journey to the center of his mind and he becomes so appalled what he sees that he self-destructs.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 01:43:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Enough Said ........... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    theboz, Nightprowlkitty

    GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) said Friday it is "time the taxpayer gravy train left the New Orleans station" and urged an end to the federal aid to the region that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago.

    "The amount of money that has been wasted on these so-called ‘recovery’ efforts has been mind-boggling," said Tancredo, who is running a long-shot presidential campaign. "Enough is enough."

    Citing administration figures, the lawmaker said that $114 billion has been spent on the effort to rebuild a large stretch of the Gulf Coast after the storm hit New Orleans in August 2005 and claimed more than 1,600 lives.

    "It is not enough to win, all others must lose," Sun Tzu.

    by webranding on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 01:13:27 PM PDT

  •  Reminds me of fugitive slave laws (6+ / 0-)

    The last time we saw this was in reponse to the underground rail road.

    Tancredo is the George Wallace of this race and anti-imigration message is getting him a lot of attention, but there is no way it will help his party.

    If here were not causing so much misery to my latino countrymen I could rejoice as he is helping the Democrats become the party of the hispanics.

    We shall overcome, someday.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 01:14:40 PM PDT

  •  Federal law preempts local law... (0+ / 0-)

    Tancredo is simply uninformed and, no other way to say it, stupid. He would be a continuation of what we have now, in spades.

    •  That's not the issue (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Colorado Luis

      The question is whether the local and state police spend their time playing INS agent. Nothing in these laws prevents federal agents from enforcing federal law.

    •  IANAL, but isn't Federal law outside local (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Colorado Luis

      jurisdiction? I thought the deal was that the Feds enforce their own laws and the locals stay out of it.

      Would the Feds be happy if the Whooville Police Chief started arresting people for sedition expecting the Feds to prosecute them?

      We are all criminals until we restore Habeas Corpus, empty secret gulags, end torture and illegal wiretaps. (-2.25, -2.56)

      by EclecticFloridian on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 01:30:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  State officials can report to the feds (0+ / 0-)

        And that's probably what's going on here.  People of illegal status are less likely to report crimes, apply for benefits for their US citizen kids, etal, if they think they'll be reported to the INS by state / city officials.

        Also, several states have begun a joint-enforcement program w/ the feds.  

    •  Does preemption apply here? (0+ / 0-)

      You'd be right if fed law clearly created a legal status for the currently-illegal immigrants or otherwise prevented the states from acting on alienage.  It isn't clear that this latter is the case, though.

  •  The concept of "sanctuary" is nonsense (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    burrow owl

    Under that policy, local police are prohibited from sharing information with the federal authorities, thus, often allowing dangerous and violent criminals to remain in this country.  I fail to see how that is beneficial to anyone.  

    I suppose an argument could be made that the local police should not inquire into an immigration status of those seeking its ASSISTANCE.  But that is altogether different from not inquiring into the status of those who are actively breaking the law.

    •  Sanctuary Polices (4+ / 0-)

      are not the point of this post.  The point of this post is to oppose advocating that you jail your opponents.  If you are in favor of jailing people that have a different view of immigration legislation, continue.  If not please do not sidetrack this conversation with another tired anti-migrant manufactured point that I have debated over and over again.

      The U.S. "immigration debate" has lost sight of justice.

      by kyledeb on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 02:35:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site