Now that Mike Huckabee is rising in the polls – leading in at least one poll in Iowa, and second nationally in the most recent Rasmussen Tracking Poll - he is coming under increasing attack.
One target of critics is Immigration. Governor’s Huckabee’s record has been distorted – particularly in terms of “scholarships for illegal immigrants” - and his positions have been ignored or even misrepresented.
Here are some of the things he is actually calling for:
He says our borders must be secure.
He supports the $3 billion the Senate has voted for border security.
He opposes amnesty and sanctuaries for illegal aliens.
He opposes giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens (as was proposed by Governor Spitzer in New York).
He believes that employers who hire illegal aliens should be punished with fines and penalties.
He opposes the economic integration of North America that would create open borders among the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
So his positions are pretty clear.
As for the issue of illegal immigrants getting tuition assistance in Arkansas, the facts are different than his opponents are implying.
There was a bill in 2005 that would've given children of illegal immigrant the lower in-state tuition rates offered to other Arkansas students. There was also an academic merit-based state scholarship that they would have been able to apply for if they met the criteria.
But the children of Illegal immigrants had to have gone through the Arkansas school system, and had to have the ability to pay instate tuition rates for college education.
Further, the proposed law contained a clause that said those children who accepted the lower tuition would have to file an affidavit stating that they intended to legalize their immigration status.
Thus, if enacted, the law would have affected a limited number of such students, not the large numbers of students Governor Huckabee’s opponents have tried to imply.
The law did not pass anyway.
When challenged at the You Tube Debate about the issue by Mitt Romney, Huckabee replied, "In all due respect, we're a better country than to punish children for what their parents did. We're a better country than that."
For a more complete explanation of his position, go to http://www.mikehuckabee.com