Tancredo Calls Miami a "Third World Country"

November 2006
Will Tom Tancredo do anything for a soundbite? Here's his latest.
Tancredeo…pointed to Miami as an example of how ''the nature of America can be changed by uncontrolled immigration,'' the story says 'Look at what has happened to Miami,'' the WorldNetDaily quotes Tancredo as saying in an interview. "It has become a Third World country. You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you're in the United States of America. You would certainly say you're in a Third World country.''
One Florida legislator complained immediately:
The remarks drew an instant rebuke from Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who called Tancredo ''flat out wrong'' and extended an invitation for him to come and judge the city for himself. ''I invite my friend, Tom, to visit beautiful Miami, my hometown, and experience firsthand our hospitality,'' Ros-Lehtinen said. "Come on down, Tom, the water's fine!''
Miami is an example of a true melting pot, a vibrant city with wide diversity.
Miami, Ros-Lehtinen said, is a "world class city where diversity is celebrated. Here people have the opportunity to meet folks from across the globe and honor different cultures. Miami-Dade County is home to many outstanding universities, is headquarters to international businesses and has a vibrant economy.''
I wonder how much time Tancredo actually has spent in Miami. His speech was given from the toney compound at the Breakers, in Palm Beach. Once again, in my opinion, he views the world though a cracked lens.