Mike Huckabee On Immigration: A Policy That Will Work
When Your Business Blogger was driving our monster SUV with the Penta-Posse from Virginia to Arkansas, we heard a number of foreign language radio stations.
Mike Huckabee for PresidentEveryone wants to come to America. (And that would include my grandparents from Poland — English was their second language.) They came in legally through Ellis Island.
It was a pen and paper system the clerks used back then. It is not much different today.
To get change in today’s political climate in the presidential race, people today must like, must trust their new president. Huckabee is not only likable. He can be trusted.
He does not change his positions for political expediency. He has a consistent position on pro-life. He really knows how to hunt and use a weapon — and knows the feel and smell of gun oil. Huckabee has always been in support of the GOP platform and is in support of the marriage amendment — the marriage between one man and one woman.
Huckabee can be trusted with bringing change. Especially on immigration.
The Huckabee Immigration plan is simple:
Build the fence.
Modernize the application.
Everyone waits their fair turn in line.
The Huckabee Plan, The Secure America Plan; A 9-Point Strategy for Immigration Enforcement and Border Security has details on his website. But here are the basics.
The overview: Implement a broad-based strategy that commits the resources of the federal government to the enforcement of our immigration laws and results in the attrition of the illegal immigrant population.
Fence Secure the Border
Ensure that an interlocking surveillance camera system is installed along the border and that fence construction is completed by July 1, 2010.
Ensure Document Security and end exemptions for Mexicans and Canadians to the US-VISIT program, which tracks the arrival and departure of foreign visitors. Since these countries account for the vast majority of foreigners coming here (85 percent), such a policy clearly violates Congress’ intent in mandating this check-in/check-out system.
Reject Mexico’s “matricula consular” card, which functions as an illegal-immigrant identification card.
Modernize Bring the application process out of the past century and into the 21st century.
Modernize the Process of Legal Immigration
Eliminate the visa lottery system and the admission category for adult brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.
Increase visas for highly-skilled and highly-educated applicants.
Expedite processing for those who serve honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Improve our immigration process so that those patiently and responsibly seeking to come here legally will not have to wait decades to share in the American dream.
Governor Huckabee has always been grateful to live in a country that people are trying to break into, rather than break out of.
Fair. Illegal immigrates will return to their country.
And get in line to come into the US of A. And be welcomed when they come.
Babcia at her parents’ graveJust like my grandparents.
My grandparents were born in Poland and came to live and die in America. Pictured at left is my mom at the grave side of her parents buried the soil of their adopted country. Her grandchildren, the Penta-Posse, call her “Babcia” after the Polish tradition.
It means ‘grandmother.’ We are so lucky her parents made their way into America.
Thank you (foot)notes:
Mike Huckabee gives credit to Rich Lowry’s National Review, even though NR has endorsed another candidate. Huckabee’s plan is partially modeled on a proposal by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Krikorian’s proposal, “Immigration: Ten Points for a Successful Presidential Candidate,” appeared in National Review, May 23, 2005.
The Huckabee plan is clear: Prevent Amnesty
Policies that promote or tolerate amnesty will be rejected.
Propose to provide all illegal immigrants a 120-day window to register with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and leave the country.
Those who register and return to their home country will face no penalty if they later apply to immigrate or visit; those who do not return home will be, when caught, barred from future reentry for a period of 10 years.
This is not what is called a “touchback” provision. Here’s why: Those who leave this country and apply to return from their home country would await their turn in the line.
See John Hawkins at Right Wing News.