Tancredo blasts the pope on immigration.

Earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI called on the United States to do “everything possible to fight…all forms of violence so that immigrants may lead dignified lives.” Today, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) blasted the pope’s pro-immigrant position:

I would like to know what part of our lax immigration policy is considered violent. I fail to see how accepting more refugees than any other nation — and providing free health care, education, housing and social service benefits to millions of illegal aliens is in any way “violent” or “degrading.”

Tancredo “was raised Catholic but left the church.” Yesterday, as the pope arrived in the United States to meet with President Bush, the Bush administration carried out massive immigration raids in five states.