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Immigration rights group responds to Tancredo ad

To say Tom Tancredo stirred things up in Colorado by entering the governor’s race would be an understatement. The former congressman and one-time presidential candidate decided to run on the American Constitution Party ticket, in protest to the Republican nominee, Dan Maes.

But Tancredo, whose primary issue of late has been illegal immigration, has stirred things up again with a new ad that features an emotional story about Marten Kudlis – a three-year old boy who was killed when an illegal immigrant crashed through the front window of a Baskin Robbins.

The 30-second ad, titled “Bad Policies Kill People,” is narrated by Marten’s father. In it, he blames his son’s death on the illegal immigrant never being deported because Denver is a sanctuary city. The mayor of Denver also happens to be the Democratic nominee for governor, John Hickenlooper.

“I am sending you Marten’s picture, Mr. Mayor,” says the father. “Try to sleep at night knowing your policy contributed to his death.”

Although the Hickenlooper campaign responded calling the ad “baseless and false,” the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition (CIRC) – a membership-based coalition founded to “improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the United States – is now speaking out as well.

A spokesperson for CIRC, Alan Kaplan, told The Daily Caller that though human-interest stories are generally acceptable, they can also be distorted to produce the wrong conclusions.

“While no candidate is above using a good human interest story to push their candidacy along, most of them at least try and fact-check their stories,” said Kaplan. “While it is a tragedy that Mr. Kudlis’ son was killed by a drunk driver with no legal status, there is absolutely no evidence showing that any local, state or federal policy would have been able to flag the culprit.”

Kaplan continued by saying, “To call Denver a sanctuary city is to deny years of enforcement based policies and some of the toughest state immigration laws in the country. We hope that all the candidates in this race commit to working for just and fair immigration reform, which can only happen on the Federal level through comprehensive immigration reform.”

The latest Rasmussen poll has Tancredo within four points of Hickenlooper, with 38 percent of likely voters supporting his candidacy. Republican candidate Maes is trailing far behind at 12 percent.

WATCH: Tancredo’s “Bad Policies Kill People” ad

  • independentvoter

    this ad will be the one that hits home with over 80% of American’s who are against illegals.. I hope it sends a message heard throughout the states.. we are DONE with the progressives looking the other way on this matter.. I hope Tom wins he’s a good guy..

  • 24AheadDotCom

    The DC isn’t exactly helping themselves or their readers by using writers who pretty obviously aren’t familiar with these issues or the people involved. I’ve mentioned the CIRC a few times (first in 2007: 24ahead.com/n/6337 ) and I certainly wouldn’t let them get away discussing human interest stories as Kaplan does because that’s what those on his side constantly do: http://24ahead.com/s/piipp

    Further, from peekURL.com/zcofy27 (Durango Herald):
    [The driver who crashed into the ice cream shop] was an illegal immigrant who had been in the United States most of his life. He had been arrested or contacted by police numerous times before the incident but never deported.

    Amanda Carey should get on the phone tomorrow and call Kaplan on that.

    • 24AheadDotCom

      Added: I’ve written literally thousands of posts about immig. matters since 2002, and, among other things, one thing I’ve learned is never to trust anyone on the other side. Practically everything they say is false or misleading in one way or another. Their arguments are almost never valid because it’s difficult to argue for their position in a logical, valid, pro-American fashion. They’re able to get away with it because some are in on the game (virtually all MSM reporters and many r/w and l/w bloggers) and others just aren’t familiar with this issue, the players, and how those people are habitually unable to tell the whole truth.

  • gringott

    The people who follow the rules in the Progressive paradise are the ones that pay, with money and blood. Remember that Cancer is Progressive too.

  • brettrow

    Where are all the Maes drones at? Come on Colorado voters, share your stories on why you would rather a democrat win than help a true conservative, Tancredo. Sleep well on November 3rd knowing you voted for Maes and pseudo voted for Hickenlooper.

  • NeoKong

    So which is it….?

    “While no candidate is above using a good human interest story to push their candidacy along, most of them at least try and fact-check their stories,” said Kaplan. “While it is a tragedy that Mr. Kudlis’ son was killed by a drunk driver with no legal status, there is absolutely no evidence showing that any local, state or federal policy would have been able to flag the culprit.”

    Mr.Kudlis claims the drunk driver of the car was arrested 16 times.
    16 arrests do not raise flags….?
    Heckuva’ job.

    • dandapani

      When an Illegal is arrested, they get a virtual get out of jail free card. There is no consequences of the arrest. No follow up to the bench warrant for failure to appear. When held in custody, the ICE doesn’t want them so the local police can only let them go without stricter enforcement rules. So the Illegal is free to go and commit another crime, another DUI, another vehicular man-slaughter.

  • brian61

    I saw the ad, and think it is fair. Progressives like to talk about how much they care for “disadvantaged” people, but they never want to talk about the terrible consequences of their mis-guided social engineering. Examples: welfare programs that have destroyed generations of black, latino and white families; liberal divorce laws that have broken up millions of American families when parents find it easer to give up rather than make up; a “free” public education that has dumbed down generations of American kids; open border policies that have caused massive financial and social burdens for state and local governments; changes to criminal laws that weaken and water down personal accountability and responsibility; etc.