Posted: June 20, 2007 4:45 PM
House Passes Tancredo Immigration Amendment
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., scored a legislative victory this week when the House attached his amendment withholding federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants to a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. Although similar measures had failed before, the House passed the amendment with 50 Democrats voting in favor.
“The people of the country really have spoken. It’s a really good indicator of just how much closer to the people the House is than the Senate is,” Tancredo told the Rocky Mountain News.
The congressman, one of the most vocal opponents to the immigration reform bill, questioned how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will be able to get the 70 Republicans she needs to pass the plan when 50 Democrats crossed over to support his amendment
Tancredo referred to the mayor of one so-called sanctuary city — San Francisco’s Gavin Newsom — as a “rogue mayor” after he announced in April that his police forces would not assist in federal immigration raids.
Tancredo is scheduled to campaign in New Hampshire and Iowa this weekend. In New Hampshire, he will visit North Conway on Friday and Littleton and Westmoreland on Saturday. The Iowa portion of the trip consists of stops in Dubuque, West Union and Allison on Sunday.