Skip to comments.Tancredo furious with Hutchinson comment on immigration
Posted on 09/14/2004 5:17:54 PM PDT by 4.1O dana super trac pak
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) considered calling for a top Bush administration official to resign after reading his recent comments on enforcing immigration laws, according to sources.
Upset with Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson's remark that it would not be realistic to enforce current immigration laws, Tancredo, a staunch supporter of more immigration laws, contemplated calling for the administration officials resignation.
The two Republicans planned last night to discuss their differences, and it is not expected that Tancredo will ask for Hutchinson to step down.
Hutchinson last week told The Washington Times that it would be unrealistic to say that officials would be able to reduce the number of the millions of illegal immigrants in the country.
Tancredo, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, is often at odds with the Bush administration over its immigration policies. Last month he criticized the GOP's platform om immigration, calling it weak.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which will hold a press conference on immigration solutions to combat terrorism with Tancredo today, also strongly criticized Hutchinson's comments.
FAIR called Hutchinson the "Bush administration's point man to sell a massive illegal alien amnesty and guest worker program," and the groups Executive Director Dan Stein said: "The only thing 'unrealistic' are the choices of the administration is presenting to the American public."
A spokesman for Tancredo said the lawmaker was "fairly angered" with Hutchinson's comments. The staffer added that Tancredo and Hutchinson were scheduled to discuss the remarks last evening, with the expectation that the matter would be resolved and Tancredo would not call for Hutchinson's resignation at today's press conference.
A spokesman for Hutchinson could not be reached for comment by press time. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Hutchinson served as a member of Congress from Arkansas from 1997 to 2001.
According to www.steinreport.com Tancredo and Asa have yet to speak.
I'm furious too. Here's a bump.
I hate to say it, but Hutchison is right. The laws in their current state, are ipossible to enforce. Both the laws and the policy need to change.
Ping, just what I was going to say. I'm hopping mad.
Asa might say the same thing about car theft. But since he has a car, he probably still wants those laws enforced.
I would've liked to hear Tancredo at the GOP Convention.
Would've boosted the credibility level a bit.
Good point. Asa has no real interest in keeping illegals out. I say go Tancredo go.
I just don't understand this!!!
I'll beat Tom to the punch - I hereby call on Huthcinson to resign. Or for President Bush to fire him.
Asa Hutchinson is an ass.
"..it would not be realistic to enforce current immigration laws" - Asa Hutchison
You have to go. What kind of statement is that to make as Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security. How do you think Border Patrol agents that are risking their lives everyday on the border think of your comments. I am sure that's a big morale boost to the border agents. You are pathetic. It's time that you resign.
P.s. Take Tom Ridge with you!
Trying to get details......
I don't think he'd fire anyone who supports the amnesty proposal.
Indeed. Perhaps we need more than one firing...
You are correct and hopefull everyone will calm down and think about this.
The current laws require LITERALLY the Border patrol agents go out and pick up every single individual illegal.
Yes, that would be very nice but humanly impossible.
We need to focus on real issues.
Building a real fence that is not stuck in libo by envirowacko laws. (seriously a border fence should be exempt from environmental impact laws, screw the snails)
Supporting our border patrol agents who are FREQUENTLY SHOT AT BY MEXICAN POLICE AND MILITARY.
Finding effective means of dealing with those who come legally and overstay illegally. (vast majority illegals enter the USA LEGALLY.)
We all want the same thing. No illegal entry in the USA. We have to deal with reality in order to make this work better in the future.