Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The latest candidate for the Republican nomination for President is none other than former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee's stance on immigration is a bit different than the other declared candidates. In January 2015 on Meet the Press, Huckabee said he stands by his view when he was governor of Arkansas that the children of undocumented immigrants should receive the same educational opportunities as citizens, but added that he would revoke President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because the President in his view lacked the authority to adopt the program. Huckabee also said during the interview that he wants to control the borders better.
The Huckabee for President website stakes out these general positions on "Immigration & Border Security":
"America has an immigration crisis on its hands, and it’s time for the federal government to do its job. Without a secure border, nothing matters.
We have drug cartels running reckless on our southern border, and the Washington establishment wants to rewards illegal immigrants with amnesty and citizenship.
As President, I will:
If you reward people who play outside the rules and punish people who live within the rules, pretty soon nobody is going to play by the rules. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws."
In the summer of 2014, when tensions ran high in Murrieta, California as local protesters sought to bar Central American immigrants from their community, Huckabee offered support for the concerns of the protesters.
So far, of the declared candidates for President, only Hillary Clinton supports a full path to citizenship for certain groups of undocumented immigrants.