I’ll remind everyone that I said Mike Huckabee hit a home run with an early debate rejoinder to Mitt Romney’s criticism of him for supporting legislation to provide college aid to unauthorized immigrants who’d graduated from Arkansas high schools.
That was then. Huckabee clearly no longer finds profit in evincing any sympathy for immigrants. That was clear enough when he proposed to send all 15 to 20 million of them home to begin a reapplication process. Now a radical surrogate has gone to the mothership of right-wing thought in America, the Moonie Washington Times, with an even more punitive take on immigrants, nothing less than a radical reversal of a historic building block of these United States. (Huckabee would also pardon some rogue Texas lawmen who killed shot an unauthorized immigrant.) The Huckabee camp has not disavowed any of this.
Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.
Mr. Huckabee, who won last week’s Republican Iowa caucuses, promised Minuteman Project founder James Gilchrist that he would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.
UPDATE: About 12:30 p.m. today, the Huckabee campaign DID disavow any interest in amending the Constitution. (Took them a while.) He did not disavow an interest in pardoning the outlaw lawmen convicted of unjustified armed assault on an immigrant — whether he was a drug runner or not is immaterial to the use of force, only whether he presented a threat to the officers and whether they unlawfully covered up their actions. The Minuteman interview is an episode where it shows a lack of Huckabee judgment in bedding down with the wackjob in the first place. Unless: Huckabee really was accurately quoted, but just never expected to see the promise in print.