Rep. Tancredo, speaking on illegal immigration, was the target of a leftist
attack and his speech was forcibly disrupted. Now a contrite university will
allow him to speak again and this time might provide security from the leftist
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 16 (UPI) -- University of North Carolina
officials have apologized to former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.,
whose speech on campus was disrupted by protesters.
University Chancellor Holden Thorp and UNC System President Erskine
Bowles both telephoned Tancredo to apologize, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News
& Observer reported Thursday.
Protesters objecting to Tancredo's views on immigration shouted
Tuesday as he tried to give a speech. Students smashed a window a few
feet from where he stood and blocked his face with a banner that said,
"No One Is Illegal."
The event was cut short due to broken glass and use of pepper spray by police.
The UNC chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, which sponsored the
talk, reportedly paid Tancredo $3,000 for the appearance. The group has
called on the university to invite the former Republican presidential
hopeful back to the campus on the school's dime.