Illegal immigrants entering the United States as children may one day sue the U.S. government if they don't end up having a better life here, former Rep. Tom Tancredo tells Newsmax TV
"If they're escaping violence and they end up in Chicago or New York or one of any dozen or so cities in the United States where violence is predominant . . . they really have not escaped anything,'' Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show.''
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"We have the highest number of people, youngsters especially, in poverty in the Western world," he said Wednesday. "Much of that is the result that we do import our own poverty as a result of our particular immigration policy.
"It's perhaps not the nirvana that they are being told exists. Maybe they have a class-action suit on their hands.''
Tancredo, who has been outspoken against amnesty, also says the thousands of children who've crossed the border and are now in holding facilities are never going to be sent back, despite what administration officials say.
"They're not going back. Understand that . . . Just because [Obama] is saying he wants more judges and more people to devote themselves to the process of returning these folks, it will not happen,'' he said.
"When you enter into the country illegally and make some claim that you can't go back for various reasons, what you get usually is a letter telling you to come back [for a hearing].
"[But] nobody gets deported even when they come back for the hearing, and even when they're ordered deported. It doesn't happen. It's all typical. It's all smoke and mirrors.''
Tancredo agrees with Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, who says the crushing wave of illegal immigrants is part of an administration plot to groom new Democratic voters.
"I believe entirely that this is an engineered phenomenon,'' he said.
"Do you think that truthfully, all of a sudden . . . hundreds of thousands of people sort of amassed at various locations throughout south and central America spontaneously and decided to trek northward and come through Mexico?''
Tancredo says the Obama administration could stem the continuing crush of immigrants with a sweep of the pen.
"Why not just sign an executive order saying that all of these people ought to be returned. Put them on buses or planes, send them back to the countries from which they came, and have the governments there take care of it,'' he said.
"You talk to your ambassador in each country and you explain to them that this is what's going to happen and you explain that you want them to tell the host government that this is what's going to occur and they better get ready."
But that will never happen, Tancredo says.
"This is all part of a plan. I know how this sounds. I know how people immediately think there's a conspiracy theorist out there,'' he said.
"No, it's not a conspiracy if he tells the world what he wants. If Obama says on numerous occasions, 'I intend to fundamentally transform America' and then he begins doing it, then it's not a conspiracy. This is absolutely part of that.''
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