As President Bush visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to try to revive the immigration reform bill, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., had members of his presidential campaign deliver “No Amnesty” pledges to all members of Congress. Those who signed the pledge would promise not to vote for any legislation that grants amnesty to illegal immigrants.
This latest effort came a week after Tancredo launched the “Save America Campaign,”
which encouraged Americans to help defeat any member of Congress who supports provisions of the immigration bill that are perceived as amnesty. According to the Tancredo campaign, 36,000 Americans signed petitions within the first two days of the drive.
In a speech over the weekend at the Woodbury County Immigration Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, Tancredo compared immigration reform legislation to the “Terminator” movie. “Every time you think you have it killed, something else just pops up again,” he told the crowd.
Meanwhile, Tancredo’s campaign Web site began featuring legal immigrants who support his cause. Two supporters, originally from Kenya and Chile, said in video spots that current immigrants should have to follow the same legal path to citizenship that they observed.
As is common with Tancredo, immigration dominated his appearances during three days of campaigning in Iowa last week. He also spoke of school choice and small government at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Education Conference.
Tancredo is scheduled to attend a fundraiser at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., on Saturday. Alan Moore, the campaign’s deputy press secretary, has said some of his largest campaign donations come from California.