Nativism Watch

Nativist former Rep. Tom Tancredo to speak at Oath Keepers rally

Imagine2050 Staff • Apr 14, 2015

On Sunday, April 19, virulent anti-immigrant activist Tom Tancredo will speak at a Patriot’s Day rally organized by a prominent anti-government group in Cañon City, Colorado. Once a Member of the U.S. Congress, and a key Congressional ally for the anti-immigrant movement, former Rep. Tancredo has since moved farther and farther to the extreme right. Tancredo’s upcoming appearance is only his latest apparent endorsement of politically extreme movements and organizations.

The upcoming rally is being organized by the Oath Keepers – an organization primarily composed of veterans and former law enforcement officials that openly associates with other far-right anti-government groups within the so-called “Patriot” movement. Oath Keepers are a regular presence at anti-immigrant demonstrations across the country and many chapters count members of Minutemen and other border vigilante groups among their ranks. The Oath Keepers were also prominently involved with the armed standoff with federal agents in Nevada last year in support of tax-evading rancher Cliven Bundy.

During his time in Congress and the years since, Tancredo proved to be a key ally and champion of the organized anti-immigrant movement. He founded the House Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC) in 1999, which established a clear avenue for coordination between leading anti-immigrant groups in the Beltway and the U.S. Congress with the ultimate goal of obstructing integrative immigration measures and advancing nativist policies.

Most recently, Tancredo unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party’s nomination in Colorado’s 2014 gubernatorial election.

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