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Tancredo welcomes Senate vote dealing setback to immigration bill

DENVER (AP) ” Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo on Friday said a crucial Senate vote against a broad immigration proposal was “a great victory for our country.”

Tancredo, a Colorado congressman who has made illegal immigration a centerpiece of his underdog presidential campaign, said the federal government should focus on enforcing existing law instead passing a new one.

“This is a testament to the will of the American people and a great victory for our country,” Tancredo said in a written statement.

The bipartisan compromise, supported by President Bush, failed a crucial test in the Senate Thursday when it could not attract even a simple majority for an effort to speed its passage.

After the vote, Senate leaders pulled the bill from consideration and moved on to other business, leaving its future uncertain.

“It’s time to move forward with what we should have been doing when this bill was originally passed is 1986, and consistently enforce the laws,” Tancredo said.

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