Former Congressman Tom Tancredo told me this week that his idea to sue Metro State University for offering a reduced tuition rate to the children of illegal immigrants is "probably going nowhere."
Tancredo said back in October that he was having trouble locating a student plaintiff, and he said he still can't find an out-of-state student who's willing to endure the "perceived retribution" that TAncredo says would result from filing the lawsuit, which would seek damages based on the notion that the illegal immigrant should not receive a lower tuition rate than that of an out-of-state student.
Asked what kind of retribution might be expected, Tancredo said that no one would get thrown out of school, but there could be "problems with professors and grades."
Tancredo said he's unlikely to pursue a legal strategy without a student plaintiff.
"It's risky, at best," he said. "I'm not in it for the grins of it. I want to succeed. Without a student, we just don't have a good strategy to employ."
Tancredo said the recent Republican election loss, resulting in part from the GOP's unpopularity among Hispanics, was not a factor in his thinking about the Metro lawsuit.
"Believe me," he said, "I would pursue this regardless of what happened in the election," adding that Hispanics vote for Democrats because they like big government, not because vocal segments of the GOP, led by Tancredo, have called for a crackdown on illegal immigration.
Hispanics vote for Democrats for the same reason that other people vote for Democrats," he said.
So is Tancredo pursuing another anti-immigration project?
He said he'd like to push a Colorado law like the one in Arizona targeting illegal immigrants, but he's got "nothing on the front burner."
And he's not worried his high-profile activities alienate Hispanics from the Republican Party.
"My hope is that we can begin to make inroads with Hispanics who realize the problems that plague the countries they fled are the problems being created by Democrats in this country," he said. "Unless they're trying to replicate the economic basket cases that they came from, they should try to create different political allegiances."
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