Tom Tancredo Does Not Buy Into The North American Union Conspiracy
While I was on vacation, I was disturbed to hear that people were claiming that one of my favorite Congressmen, Tom Tancredo, was hyping the North American Union conspiracy theory:
“Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, revered by some U.S. conservatives for his efforts to staunch the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico, said this week that Bush is a dangerous internationalist.
“He is going to do what he can to create a place where the idea of America is just that, it’s an idea. It’s not an actual place defined by borders. I mean this is where the guy is really going,” he told WorldNetDaily, a controversial conservative website.
“I know this is dramatic, or maybe somebody would say overly dramatic. But I’m telling you that everything I see leads me to believe that this whole idea of the North American union, it’s not something that’s just written about by right-wing fringe kooks,” said Tancredo, who is considering a run at the presidency.
“It is something in the head of the president of the United States, the president of Mexico, I think the prime minister of Canada buys into it . . .”
Tancredo followed up with an interview on the conservative Fox News network, where he said the borders will lose all their significance, serving merely as “speed bumps” in the flow of goods, services and people.
In October, Tancredo demanded the United States suspend work on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) signed last year by Canada, Mexico and The United States until Congress examines its goals and agreements, which include standardizing regulations and dismantling other barriers to trade.”
Today, I picked up the phone and buzzed Carlos Espinosa, Tanc’s media guy on the Hill and asked him about this story. He said that Tancredo’s comments were taken out of context and he specifically said that Tom Tancredo does not believe in the North American Union conspiracy. Carlos then added that Tancredo does believe that eventually, at some point in the future, that we might end up in some sort of European Union like arrangement with Canada and Mexico, but that he doesn’t think Bush is working on that. Carlos said that Tancredo, “believes Bush wants to open up the borders, but he doesn’t believe he wants to combine the US, Canada, and Mexico and create a unified currency.”
In other words, Tancredo does think Bush is an internationalist and he doesn’t think that he’s serious about controlling the borders, but Tom Tancredo is not a proponent of the North American Union conspiracy.
Update #1: At 1:47 PM I added another sentence to further clarify Tom Tancredo’s position.