I had a fascinating conversation with Tom Tancredo in the CNN green room in Washington Monday. Tancredo is a Republican congressman from Colorado and immigration is his issue. He wants to close the borders and deport people that are in the country illegally.
Tancredo is also a long shot candidate for president. He knows the odds of him being elected president are slim-to-none, but his campaign is all about keeping immigration on the political radar.
"Most people are uncomfortable talking about the immigration issue," he said. "They want it to go away. I am here to force them to talk about it." He was speaking about the other presidential candidates, but it got me thinking: Are we comfortable talking about immigration?
Race, class, tradition, money. All in play.
Can we be concerned about our changing neighborhoods and schools without feeling like racists? Is this nation of immigrants ready to talk honestly about immigration?
-- By Jim Spellman, CNN Producer