CAIR Denounces Tom Tancredo’s Tea Party Remarks On Immigrants


CAIR denounces Ted Tancredo's Tea Party remarks on immigrants During the recent convention of the Tea Party nation, former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo delivered a speech in which he blasted "illiterate" immigrants for having elected President Obama. His statement is now attracting growing criticism from ethnic organizations.

At the convention, Tancredo said that those who cannot spell or say the word "vote" in English elected Obama, whom he defined as "a committed socialist ideologue." He added that this happened because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote."

In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent civil rights and advocacy group, said the speaker’s apparent call for literacy tests that would enable individuals to obtain voting rights would "turn back the clock on the civil rights movement."

"Mr. Tancredo’s offensive remarks are an insult to all those who fought, and sometimes died, to ensure that Americans of all races could exercise their right to vote," said CAIR national board chairman and North Carolina State Senator Larry Shaw.

Shaw also called on elected officials in both parties as well as National Tea Party Convention organizers to repudiate Tancredo’s remarks.

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