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Tancredo vs. Denver Officials

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Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo is managing to get on everyone’s nerves these days. His latest misguided act was to blame the murder of Denver Police Officer Don Young on Denver officials for their allegedly lax enforcement of immigration laws. Tancredo thinks that the suspect in the case, an undocumented Mexican named Raul Garcia-Gomez, should have been arrested and investigated by local police after receiving traffic tickets.

“Denver’s sanctuary policy prevents local law enforcement from cooperating with federal officials on immigration matters, despite federal law which explicitly prohibits such a policy,” Tancredo said in a news release.

The Rocky Mountain News corrects Tancredo in an editorial today:

Tancredo — along with many other Coloradans, no doubt — would like local police to function as primary enforcers of our federal immigration laws, pursuing illegal immigrants in the absence of other crimes. But in Denver they don’t, and won’t, and shouldn’t.

….What actually occurred, it seems, was something less complicated: a vicious crime, a horrible tragedy, that in no reasonable sense was foreseeable or preventable.

Columnist Mike Littwin is much harsher in his criticism of Tancredo, calling him a “classic demagogue” who has outdone himself this time with his claims.

Denver officials are blasting back at Tancredo for his latest attack. The police actions complied with Denver’s long-standing rules:

The article reports Garcia-Gomez’s driving violations as:

The killing of Officer Young is a tragedy. It was not predictable, forseeable or preventable. Our condolences go out to his family. It is not in their best interest, nor ours’, for any politician to use his death as a springboard for his own personal political agenda.

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