Tancredo Calls for Gonzales Resignation

By Matthew Zavala

Mar 20, 2007 12:55pm

ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said Tuesday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should step down. Tancredo believes that Gonzales has failed repeatedly to enforce the law and as a consequence, should resign from his post.

"Alberto Gonzales has repeatedly shown that he is unwilling to enforce the law and unable to effectively manage the Department," said Tancredo, "While I do not believe the dismissal of these eight political appointees warrants Mr. Gonzales’ removal, his total mishandling of the affair is simply the latest in a series of leadership failures at the Justice Department."

The Republican presidential hopeful who has made a name for himself on being very vocal against illegal immigration, cited examples where he thinks Gonzales failed at his role in matters of immigration. Tancredo said that Gonzales ignored illegal local and state "sanctuary" policies which violate federal law instead working to rewrite the policies.

"Gonzales’ legacy at the DOJ has been one of misplaced priorities, political miscalculation, and a failure to enforce the laws which he has sworn to uphold. I think that it is time for him to move on," said Tancredo.

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