Two weeks after student protesters blocked former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo from speaking about illegal immigration at UNC Chapel Hill, Providence College announced that it would not allow the immigration opponent from speaking on its Rhode Island campus.
The Roman Catholic college said in a statement Monday that the student group that planned to host Tancredo, a conservative Republican who ran for president rather than seek a sixth term in Congress, was not officially sanctioned, according to the Associated Press. The statement added that Tancredo's stance on illegal immigration "directly contrasts" with that of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, a member of the college's Board of Trustees.
Terry Gorman, founder of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement, said the college is being hypocritical because it has hosted politicians with pro-choice views.
Two weeks ago, UNC Chapel Hill police used pepper spray to clear student protesters who crowded into school building where the former congressman was speaking against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Students smashed a window and stood in front of Tancredo with a large banner that said "No One Is Illegal."
UNC officials later apologized to Tancredo.
Tancredo was invited to speak at UNC Chapel Hill by the Youth for Western Civilization, which opposes multiculturalism and mass immigration. This video, taken by the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, of the UNC protest was posted on its website.