December 20, 2007
Honorable Thomas G. Tancredo (R-6th, CO)
House of Representatives
I got your email message today with regret, but I know that what you accomplished in your effort was certainly not in vain.
When this seemingly endless campaign commenced months ago, you alone were the voice of reason for real immigration reform.
Now, since the defeat of the obscene Senate amnesty bill in June of this year, the voices of the new converts can be heard loud and clear. In fact, Mitt Romney and Huckabee seem to be competing for who is the most for closing open borders and stopping funds for sanctuary cities.
Sadly, as a Democrat, I am appalled at the attitudes of my own party's Presidential hopefuls on immigration reform. My party, once the bastion of the little guy and gal, has become nothing more than a clone to the big money elites who now seem to own our government.
I am sure that your campaign cost not only money, but drew heavily on your physical resources and put great pressure as well on your family. You conducted yourself with principle and dignity, stating your long held views clearly and with principled intent. No one could ask for or expect more.
You should be very proud of what you have done.
Sally and I send our personal thanks for the immigration stance you took early and helped so much to bring to national discourse. If we don't fix this mess now, it may be beyond fixing.
I know you will continue to use your influence in Congress to assure that whoever is elected President, Democrat or Republican, that this issue will not be allowed to die or be distorted with the kind of open border mentality personified by the big money elitists or the ethnic and ideological lobbies whose loyalties are not to America but to greed and creeds.
With best wishes for Christmas and for another great year of accomplishment.
Donald A. Collins
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.