|In New Hampshire on June 5, 2007 prior to the Republican
debate, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Co) stopped at Blake's Restaurant in Manchester
for lunch. His campaign manager, Shelly Uscinski writes:
"Coincidentally, Senator McCain had just arrived there also. We had the pleasure of having a tray of nachos and salza delivered to Sen. McCain's table."
postscript: June 13, 2007 press release from Esperanza via PRNewswire-USNewswire
Rev. Luis Cortes Responds
to Rep. Tancredo's Nacho Delivery
WASHINGTON, June 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While in New Hampshire for the June 5th Republican presidential candidates' debate, Rep. Tancredo ran into Senator John McCain at Blake's Restaurant. Tancredo sent an order of nachos to Senator McCain, mocking Senator McCain's efforts to find a path to legal status for millions of undocumented residents once they have paid penalties, fines, learned English and passed citizenship tests -- proving they are hard-working members of our communities.
Today, while 200 Esperanza clergy discuss immigration with their Members of Congress, Rev. Luis Cortes will respond with a delivery of his own, sending a Merriam-Webster Dictionary and a bilingual Bible to Rep. Tancredo.
"Congressman Tancredo has based his entire presidential campaign on his distorted definition of amnesty," said Cortes. "I can only assume that Congressman Tancredo is unfamiliar with the dictionary and Christian definitions of amnesty.
"This Merriam-Webster dictionary defines amnesty as 'an act granting a pardon to a group of individuals.' A pardon is defined as 'the excusing of an offense without penalty.'
"As Christians we understand amnesty: Amnesty is what Christ provided for us as forgiveness for our sins when he paid for our sins with his life. This is true amnesty -- unconditional and without penalty.
"Amnesty is a free pass and a place
in the front of the line. This Senate compromise is not amnesty."
Copyright © 2007 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action