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Rep. Tom Tancredo defends call to halt legal immigration
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday June 6, 2007
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Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), asked on CNN about his harsh words for President Bush at Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate, responded by expressing his fear that Bush's immigration plan is "going to destroy the party."

"I've become so disappointed in him, that's all," said Tancredo. "A little dust-up over immigration, that's one thing. ... But when I combine it with all the things that have happened over the last several years and the way that he has led the party, it is just simply, to me, apparent that we have gone so far awry."

John Roberts then played a clip from the debate where Tancredo stated, "Are we actually ready to say, 'Enough is enough'? We have to stop all legal immigration except for people coming into this country as immediate family members or refugees."

"Did you really meant to say that?" asked Roberts. "Believe it or not, yes," answered Tancredo. He went on to explain that in the past, big waves of immigration have been separated by periods of low immigration that gave time for assimilation. "Give us time to assimilate the people who have come here," he urged.

When asked of "any of the top-tier candidates" can unify the Republican Party, Tancredo laughed and said, "Not that I can think of, no," adding, "Nobody offers that kind of leadership potential."

The following video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast on June 6.