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Mitt Romney’s ‘right-wing extremism’ on immigration

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Tom Tancredo
Former Congressman
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      Tom Tancredo

      Tom Tancredo represented Colorado's 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009. While in Congress, he chaired the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado.

I want to be clear that this is not an endorsement of Romney. If he took the same positions on immigration as Secretary Kobach or FAIR, I would wholeheartedly endorse him. However, simply accepting the endorsement of Kobach does not mean that Romney supports all of Kobach’s positions, much less the parent organization of a group he works for. Romney has also trumpeted the endorsement of pro-amnesty politicians like Jon Huntsman and Mel Martinez, but this does not mean he agrees with them on everything either.

The immigration control organization Numbers USA gives Romney a C+ on immigration issues. To Romney’s credit, he has come out strongly against giving benefits and amnesty to illegal aliens, and he is in favor of employer sanctions and securing the border. However, he has remained silent on many important issues such as ending birthright citizenship, and he has suggested that we need to increase some types of work-based immigration.

Assuming Romney gets the nomination, he will be a big improvement over John McCain and George W. Bush on immigration. But despite the outrage from The New York Times, he still has room for improvement.

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009. While in Congress, he chaired the bipartisan, 100-plus-member Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of Team America PAC and The Rocky Mountain Foundation.