With Mike Huckabee now hitting 21% in an Iowa poll (link) and closing rapidly on Romney, it appears that Romney has started sending more attacks in the direction of Huckabee (link). Romney claims that Huckabee is soft on the immigration issue, offering tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants. As usually happens in politics, Romney does not give the whole story.
Here are the facts:
-Huckabee said in a phone interview with The Associated Press: “The attacks from a guy who has sanctuary cities in his state is interesting.” Huckabee said he backed a bill in Arkansas — and would do so again — that gave children of illegal immigrants “the opportunity to be awarded for academic achievements” based on merit provided they were in the process of applying for citizenship. (quoted from Fox News article linked to previously)
– The Governor opposes and will never allow amnesty.
– Governor Huckabee believes that securing our borders must be our top priority and has reached the level of a national emergency.
– Governor Huckabee believes illegal aliens who try to vote or try to apply for welfare benefits should be arrested.
– Governor Huckabee will stop punishing cities which try to enforce our laws and protect the economic well-being, physical safety, and quality of life of our citizens.
– Governor Huckabee opposes and will not tolerate employers who hire illegals. They must be punished with fines and penalties so large that they will see it is not worth the risk or profitable.
– Governor Huckabee opposes the economic integration of North America that would create open borders among the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
(note these were taken from the Huckabee website, to read more click here)
Judging from what the Governor has said, it appears that he takes the immigration issue very seriously.In fact, it appears that since Huckabee has been largely able to shrug off the “tax-hike Mike” mantra that has been floating around, his opponents are trying to find somewhere else to attack him.
The attacks will only grow more severe as Huckabee continues to rise in the polls. The difference between Huckabee and a number of the other candidates running, is that his record is not one of flip-flops, but of steadfastly standing up for what he believes. His opponents have so far been unable to come up with an attack that he does not have a legitimate answer to (i.e. the people of AR voted for the tax increases, Huckabee did not singlehandedly decide to raise them). If Huckabee can make a strong showing in the months leading up to Iowa and in the primary itself, he has a great chance at being the Republican nominee for President.