Posted on June 9, 2005

Sensenbrenner and Dean Trade Insults Over Immigration

Frederic J. Frommer, AP, June 8, 2005

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who has been savaging Republicans recently, set his sights on Jim Sensenbrenner.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, Dean reiterated his claim that Republicans are not inclusive. “And they are attacking immigrants: Two Republican congressmen, Jim Sensenbrenner and Tom Tancredo, have incredible anti-immigrant legislation,” Dean said.

That was a reference to Sensenbrenner’s “Real ID Act,” which requires states to verify that people who apply for a driver’s license are legally in the country. The legislation was signed into law last month.


Tancredo, a Colorado Republican who championed the bill and leads the Immigration Reform Caucus, took issue with Dean’s comment that Republicans were “outside the mainstream.”

“Howard Dean wouldn’t know what’s ‘mainstream’ if he were drowning in it,” Tancredo said in a statement.