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The new Huckabee immigration plan that convinced Gilchrist to endorse him is nothing new. It’s similar to the Pence “touch back” plan where invaders go home for, in Huckabee’s words, “a few days or weeks” before they all come back legally! It’s an open borders revolving door amnesty plan. I wonder how much money they paid Jim Gilchrist to support this Amnesty scheme?

The Washington Post reports that Huckabee’s people went over this plan with Gilchrist last week.

“It was a plan I myself could have written,” said Gilchrist, who noted the Huckabee campaign reviewed the proposal with him before it was released.

The following video was recorded on Sunday December, 9th. At 3:00 minutes in the Huckster talks about his shamnesty plan. This guy is as open borders as any Reconquista.



Huckabee Hispanderd At LULAC Brown Supremacist Convention In 2005

Not only does Huckabee want an open border, amnesty for all invaders, and the Dream Act. He is also against local immigration law enforcement. He also feels that citizenship shouldn’t be a requirement to vote in our elections! I guess Jim Gilchrist will do anything for money and attention.

ArkansasNews

Although he never actually talked about the U.S. or Arkansas immigration policy, Huckabee made it very clear where he stood on the issue. In his opening remarks, he said the nation will need to address the concerns of the Hispanic community because of its growing influence and population base.

“Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority,” Huckabee said jokingly as the crowd roared in laughter.

He told the LULAC delegates that their presence in the state’s capital city was very important because Arkansas has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the nation.

“Your gathering is so very significant for our state,” Huckabee said. “We are delighted to have you.”

Despite several light moments, Huckabee did not stray away from several controversial issues that made him a target of criticism during the recently ended 85th General Assembly. He said Arkansas needs to make the transition from a traditional Southern state to one that recognizes and cherishes diversity “in culture, in language and in population.”

“This is an issue that is going to require extraordinary efforts on both sides of the border, particularly those coming from Mexico,” Huckabee said of verifying the status of illegal aliens. “But I am confident that our government will recognize that we should accommodate people who wish to provide the best opportunities for their families (and) employers so that we can make sure our economy has the necessary work force.”

During the legislation session, Huckabee criticized an immigration bill by Republican senators Jim Holt of Springdale and Denny Altes of Fort Smith as un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life.

Senate Bill 206, which died in the Senate, would have required proof of citizenship to register to vote and also force state agencies to report suspected cases of people living in the country illegally. Holt, R-Springdale, replied later to Huckabee’s comments that Christian charity does not include turning a blind eye to lawbreaking.

The Republican governor, who many believe will run for president in 2008, also backed legislation that would have opened the door for illegal immigrants in Arkansas to receive college scholarships.

House Bill 1525 by Rep. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, was approved by the House but eventually failed in the Senate. Huckabee reiterated Wednesday that he believes every child, regardless of their parent’s immigration status, should have an opportunity to receive an education in the U.S.

Huckabee Compares Illegal Aliens To Black Slaves In 2006

NewsMax

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday the nation is being given a chance to make up for past racism by the way it handles the influx of Hispanics (illegal aliens).

Huckabee said Arkansas has made progress on racial justice and has a fresh opportunity to do the right thing in the way it welcomes the growing Hispanic (illegal alien) population.

“One of the great challenges facing us is that we do not commit the same mistakes with our growing Hispanic population that we did with African Americans 150 years ago and beyond. We’re still paying the price for the pathetic manner in which this country handled that,” Huckabee said at a meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock. The club meets monthly to hear from political figures and experts.

“I think frankly the Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before,” Huckabee said.

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Sheila Jackson Lee
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Family Security Matters

Despite the favorable trend, the madness in support of illegal immigration continues to express itself and serves to warn us of the fanaticism of the OBL and the continuing threat. Consider for example a bill which Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced in the Congress. That bill, H.R. 750, includes an amnesty for millions of illegals which is far broader than previous ones. She would allow illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes of violence and sentenced to up to five years in prison to apply for amnesty (past amnesties have limited eligibility to criminals who have been sentenced ?only? up to one year?s imprisonment). Her bill would specifically allow states to prohibit state and local police from cooperating with federal government enforcement on immigration law. It would also repeal the current provision in federal law (Section 287g) which allows the Attorney General to enter into agreements with states and localities which deputizes their police to enforce immigration law.

Jackson Lee?s bill is nothing less than a ?Violent Illegal Alien Criminal Empowerment Act? and though it is unlikely to get anywhere in the Congress, it does illustrate three facts about illegal alien lobbyists: they do not recognize any moral obligation to safeguard the welfare of our country or its citizens; they are extremists; and they are not giving up.

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Mike Huckabee on Fox News Sunday

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Hispanic Business

TAMPA — Like other Republican presidential contenders, Mitt Romney favors a get-tough policy on illegal immigrants. But Romney’s desire for tougher immigration enforcement doesn’t apply to Cubans, who he says should be welcomed with open arms.

“I can tell you my inclination would be to say as many Cubans as want to come here should come in,” Romney said in an interview Tuesday with The Tampa Tribune editorial board.

Romney said he favors continuing the nation’s Cuba policy, which restricts investment in the communist nation and prohibits U.S. citizens from visiting there except under narrow circumstances.

He was then asked about the “wet feet, dry feet” policy under which Cuban immigrants stopped by U.S. ships at sea are sent back to Cuba, but those who make it to dry ground are allowed to remain. They can later qualify for expedited permanent residence status.

Romney replied that Cuban Americans are exemplary citizens who have brought “great vitality, skills and energy to the American experience.”

“In my opinion, the more the merrier,” he said.

Romney’s views on Cubans stand in sharp contrast to his proposals for dealing with other immigrants. Earlier in the meeting, he called for tighter border security, identity cards for immigrants proving their legal status and forced repatriation of illegal immigrants.

Cuban Americans have been a coveted voting bloc in past presidential elections, considered crucial in winning Florida’s 27 electoral votes. Candidates have been loath to buck the Miami-based Cuban community, which is strongly anti-Castro and has in the past rejected softening American policy toward the communist nation.

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Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney scornfully debated immigration Wednesday in a testy personal exchange in which Giuliani accused Romney of employing illegal immigrants at his home and running a “sanctuary mansion.”

Giuliani criticized Romney after the former Massachusetts governor claimed Giuliani had retained New York’s status as a sanctuary city while he was mayor.

Romney said it would “not be American” to check the papers of workers employed by a contractor simply because they have a “funny accent.” He had landscapers at his Belmont, Mass., home who turned out were in the country illegally.

Giuliani shot back, calling Romney’s attitude “holier than thou.”

“Mitt usually criticizes people when he usually has the far worse record,” Giuliani said.

The exchange came at the start of an innovative CNN-YouTube debate that forced the candidates to confront immigration immediately, signaling the volatility of the issue among Republican voters.

The audience, however, booed Giuliani as he tried to persist in his criticism of Romney.

At the outset, the questions submitted online dominated the immigration issue and swept over the remainder of the Republican field.

Fred Thompson took the opportunity to distinguish himself from both Romney and Giuliani, arguing that Romney had supported President Bush’s plan to provide a path to citizenship for some immigrants in the United States illegally now. He took Giuliani to task for attacking Romney’s employment of illegal immigrants.

“I think we’ve all had people who we’ve hired who in retrospect was a bad decision,” he said.

Sen. John McCain, for whom the immigration issue has proved particularly vexing, defended his support for an unsuccessful overhaul of immigration laws that included a temporary worker program and a path to citizenship.

“We must recognize these are God’s children as well,” McCain said. “They need our love and compassion, and I want to ensure that I will enforce the borders first. But we won’t demagogue it.”

Mike Huckabee, who has also come under GOP criticism for some of his immigration policies while governor of Arkansas, defended benefits he supported for children of illegal immigrants, including allowing children to be eligible to apply for college scholarships.

“Are we going to say kids who are here illegally are going to get a special deal?” Romney asked.

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ArkJournal

Huckabee announces his desire to give scholarships to illegal aliens in his January 11, 2005 State of the State address. Huckabee doesn’t say “illegal aliens”. He uses the word “status”. But a newspaper account makes clear his intentions, “Illegal aliens would be eligible for state taxpayer-funded college scholarships and in-state college tuition rates under a bill that was endorsed by a committee of the Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday. House Bill 1525 by Rep. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, is part of Gov. Mike Huckabee?s legislative package. It easily won favor in the House Education Committee, of which Elliott is chairman.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2/23/2005)

Rep. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, said she had already planned to file a bill granting instate status to the children of immigrants who live in Arkansas and have applied to state universities. “It?s nice to know we will have an ally in the governor?s office.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 1/12/05)

Another newspaper account, “Gov. Mike Huckabee, who included the bill in his legislative package, drew a contrast between Wednesday’s vote in support of illegal immigrants and the state’s handling of the 1957 desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High School. “They took a stand that Arkansas can be proud of,”Huckabee said in describing the House. “I think if we had taken a similar one in 1957, it would have made us proud for a long, long time.” ” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2/24/2005)

Huckabee was insinuating that not giving taxpayer funded benefits to illegal aliens was akin to stopping the Little Rock Nine from attending Central High. Therefore, we’re all racists if we don’t think that we should have to give illegal aliens college scholarships, saying nothing of the U.S. citizens who would lose out on that same opportunity.

Huckabee calling those of us in Arkansas who opposed illegal immigration racists was par for the course. He went so far as to suggest that a Republican legislator wasn’t a good Christian for proposing a bill to prohibit spending taxpayer money to give illegal aliens benefits, saying that he drank a different kind of “Jesus juice”.

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Huckabee playing bass guitar. What a cool guy.

Standard Newswire

Federal Level:

2006: Supported President Bush’s immigration plan and claimed that opposition to Bush’s proposal was driven by “racism or nativism” and that it wasn’t amnesty. (Ralph Hallow, “Huckabee ‘Serious’ About Presidency,” Washington Times, 5/17/06)

Wrote in his 2007 book that implementing strict enforcement of immigration laws “would be sheer folly” and that it made sense to give “those here illegally a process through which they pay a reasonable fine in admission of their guilt for the past infraction of violating our border laws and agree to adhere to a pathway toward legal status and citizenship.” (Mike Huckabee, From Hope to Higher Ground, 2007, p. 117-118)

In Arkansas:

As Governor, Huckabee fought for in-state tuition and taxpayer funded scholarships for illegal immigrants. He opposed legislation to require proof of citizenship in order to obtain public benefits and to vote. He vocally opposed a raid on a factory in Arkansas that employed illegal immigrants. And he led an effort to bring a Mexican Consulate to Arkansas - one of the main functions of the Consulate would be to issue identification cards to Mexicans living, both legally and illegally, in the U.S.

Championed an effort in Arkansas to give in-state tuition at state colleges and taxpayer-funded scholarships to illegal immigrants, similar to the DREAM Act proposal at the federal level. (Laura Kellams, “Senators research U.S. law on aliens,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/27/05)

When Republican state senators in Arkansas proposed legislation modeled after Arizona’s Proposition 200 [to require proof of citizenship for voting and public benefits], “Huckabee described it as ‘inflammatory … race-baiting … demagoguery.’ He said the bill, which seeks to forbid public assistance and voting rights to illegal immigrants, ‘inflames those who are racist and bigots and makes them think there’s a real problem. But there’s not.’” (Governor says anti-illegals measure could scare off companies like Toyota,” A ssociated Press, 2/3/05)

Opposed a raid on illegal immigrants in an Arkansas poultry plant even though calls to his office were “about 1,000 to one” against his stance. (Melissa Nelson, “Huckabee Risks Political Fortunes To Denounce Immigration Raid,” Associated Press, 8/5/05)

Helped lead the effort to open a Mexican Consulate in Little Rock to issue Matricula Consular cards to Mexicans living in the U.S. (including those in the U.S. illegally). Many banks, including some in Arkansas, accept the card as a valid form of identification. (Jon Gambrell, “Ark. Candidates Criticize Mexican Matricula Cards,” AP, 10/18/06)

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NY Times

Rudy Giuliani can play a little rough at times, but there are some moments when an inner light turns on and he turns downright idealistic. One of those moments came on Oct. 10, 1996, as he stepped on the podium at the Kennedy School of Government to deliver a speech on immigration.

?I?m pleased to be with you this evening to talk about the anti-immigrant movement in America,? he said, ?and why I believe this movement endangers the single most important reason for American greatness, namely, the renewal, reformation and reawakening that?s provided by the continuous flow of immigrants.?

Giuliani continued: ?I believe the anti-immigrant movement in America is one of our most serious public problems.? It can ?be seen in legislation passed by Congress and the president.? (Republicans had just passed a welfare reform law that restricted benefits to legal immigrants.) ?It can be seen in the negative attitudes being expressed by many of the politicians.?

Giuliani said, somewhat unfairly, that the anti-immigrant movement at that time continued the fear-mongering and discrimination of the nativist movements of the 1920s and the Know-Nothing movement of the 19th century. He celebrated Abraham Lincoln for having the courage to take on the anti-immigrant forces. He detailed the many ways immigration benefits the nation.

Then he turned to the subject of illegal immigration: ?The United States has to do a lot better job of patrolling our borders.? But, he continued, ?The reality is, people will always get in.?

?In New York City,? he said, ?we recognize this reality. New York City?s policy toward undocumented immigrants is called ?Executive Order 124.? ? This order protected undocumented immigrants from being reported when they used city services. Giuliani was then fighting the federal government, which wanted to reverse it.

?There are times,? he declared, ?when undocumented aliens must have a substantial degree of protection.? They must feel safe sending their children to school. They should feel safe reporting crime to the police. ?Similarly, illegal and undocumented immigrants should be able to seek medical help without the threat of being reported. When these people are sick, they are just as sick and just as contagious as citizens.?

This was a fervent speech. And it?s one of many such speeches Giuliani has made over the years. On Sept. 19, 1995, he delivered an immigration speech at the United Nations in which he noted, ?Sometimes leadership means taking unpopular positions, rejecting harmful political fads.?

Just last year, I saw him passionately deliver remarks at the Manhattan Institute Hamilton Award Dinner in which he condemned the ?punitive approach? to immigration, ?which is reflected in the House legislation that was passed, which is to make it a crime to be an illegal or undocumented immigrant.?

To ?deal with it in a punitive way,? he said then, ?is actually going to make us considerably less secure than we already are.? The better approach, he continued, is to embrace the Senate?s comprehensive reform and to separate the criminal illegals from the hard-working ones.

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Giuliani’s hard workers!

Washington Post

Giuliani outlined his views about immigration during a recent campaign appearance in Boone, Iowa. The issue arose when Boone resident Maxine Redeker asked him what he would do about the illegal immigrants whose children, having been born in the United States, are citizens. She asked, will the parents of those children be allowed to remain in the United States?

Giuliani’s answer, in its most simplistic form, was yes, if they’re good people. If they’re not, they will be sent home.

“Look at the ones who are productive, decent people,” he said. “Give them a card, get them to pay taxes. Those people who have children who are here — fine, no problem. The ones who are committing crimes, we have to throw out of the country. No matter whether they have children or not.”

“I don’t know how you’re going to do that,” Redeker told Giuliani.

“You can do that,” he said. “You let them come forward. You let them come forward, you identify them, you figure out who they are. The ones who don’t come forward, you find them and throw them out. But in order to do that you have to first have control over your borders.”

Giuliani emphasizes border control whenever he is talking to audiences on the campaign trail, and argues that he could effectively close down the borders to illegal immigration in 18 months to three years.

I asked him after his exchange with Redeker about his broader views, particularly his willingness to allow many illegal immigrants to remain in the country and become citizens. That, I suggested, sounded very similar to the kind of comprehensive immigration package President Bush and John McCain pushed with no success earlier this year.

“I don’t think comprehensive reform is politically possible right now,” Giuliani replied. “I’ve come to the conclusion in studying this now for six months or eight months… It seems to me you first control the borders. Give everyone a little relief from the debate for awhile. Then we revisit in it a situation of more order, more confidence the border can be controlled. Then we have to say what’s the best answer to deal with the people who are here.”

Giuliani described himself as “very pro legal immigrant, very anti illegal immigrant, but I think I’m also practical about illegal immigration…”

His goal, he said, is a “practical, sensible solution” to the millions here illegally that is “humane and has us like other countries — that doesn’t have us doing anything excessive.”

Assuming he could make good on his vow to get control of the borders within three years off becoming president, would he then follow up on his solution for dealing with those here illegally? “I would try to do it,” he said.

The Giuliani plan could allow many millions of the illegal immigrants now in the country to stay and perhaps even become citizens. “Good people would be given a chance,” he said. “They’d have to earn it, they’d have to pay penalties and back taxes, they’d have to be able to read, write and speak English before they could become citizens. Bad people, or not such good people, would be thrown out depending on how you decided that.”

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State and local immigration enforcement will have gained a lot of ground by then. We are winning!

Daily News

Washington, DC — Despite nationwide protests and rallies this year demanding an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, congressional leaders acknowledge little change is likely for at least another year.

Two leading lawmakers who have been key negotiators on immigration bills said last week that no measures legalizing any of the country’s estimated 12million undocumented immigrants likely are to come up for a vote until after the 2008 presidential election.

‘I don’t think we’re talking comprehensive immigration in this Congress,’ said Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, using the Democratic term for legislation seen as incorporating more border security and employer verification as well as a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Major reform is ‘not viable in this Congress,’ added Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, chairwoman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration.

The views come after immigrant advocates suffered two major blows in recent weeks. First, a measure known as the Dream Act - which would have legalized college-bound students whose parents brought them to the United States without visas - failed in the Senate.

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Rasmussen Reports

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that only 22% of voters support the proposal introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). The Dream Act would have given legal status to children of illegal aliens who complete two years of college or military service. That low level of support is very similar to support for the â??comprehensiveâ? reform measure that failed in June.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of all voters oppose the Dream Act concept. Republicans oppose it by a 5-to-1 margin and unaffiliateds are opposed by a 3-to-1 margin. Democrats are a bit more evenly dividedâ??49% opposed and 31% in favorâ??but Nancy Pelosiâ??s party certainly doesnâ??t provide a base of support for the Dream Act.

Fueling opposition is a concern that passage of the bill would encourage more illegal immigration in the future. The view is held by 68% of the nationâ??s voters. The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 15% disagree and 17% are not sure. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans, 76% of unaffiliated voters, and 55% of Democrats believe that passage of the Dream Act would encourage more illegal immigration in the future.

The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey also found that just 16% of voters believe that the children of illegal immigrants should qualify for in-state tuition rates at colleges and universities. Seventy-one percent (71%) disagree.

Throughout 2007, one of the biggest gaps between official Washington and the general public has been found on the issue of immigration. That gap was on full display in discussion of the Dream Act. Advocates of the legislationâ??like advocates of â??comprehensiveâ? reform in Juneâ??focused primarily on concerns of the illegal immigrants and finding ways to legalize their status.

However, surveys have repeatedly shown that when voters think of immigration reform, they think first and foremost about gaining control of the nationâ??s borders. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it is Very Important for â??the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration.â? Only 29% of voters take Durbinâ??s perspective and say it is Very Important for â??the government to legalize the status of illegal aliens already in the United States.â?

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Joe Gimse
Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Wilmar

Stillwater Courier

Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Wilmar, said heâ??d like to see Minnesota offer worker ID cards to illegal immigrants.

Doing so would allow â??hard-workingâ? undocumented immigrants who are already living here to get â??out of the shadowsâ? and work at businesses that need, and want, them.

The Willmar Republican said employer-sponsored identification cards would remove the â??criminal aspectâ? of being here to work.

It would also reduce identity theft because illegal immigrants could use their own identity to get a job legitimately while they work toward becoming legal citizens.

â??Theyâ??re working hard in our state and we need them here,â? Gimse said. â??My hope is that this eliminates a lot of the need for illegal activity.â?

Gimse, who met privately with community leaders last month in Willmar to discuss immigration issues, said he was shocked with the amount of identity theft that happens when illegal immigrants try to get jobs here.

Making worker IDs available would â??stop the aggravated forgery, the ID theft and the related problems that go along with it because these people just want to come here work,â? Gimse said.

He said businesses are â??doing everything they can to make good hiring decisionsâ? but forged documents are â??so sophisticatedâ? that itâ??s difficult to tell the fake ones from the real ones.

Gimse said if employers question documents, or donâ??t hire someone because they question the legitimacy of documents, they can be scrutinized for racial profiling. â??Theyâ??re between a rock and a hard spot.â?

Under his plan, undocumented workers could use the IDs to get a job, obtain a driverâ??s license and be given two years to become legal citizens. If the state had worker IDs, Gimse said he would support the Dream Act that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state rates to attend state colleges and universities.

In response to critics who say illegal immigrants should be deported, Gimse said there is â??no practical method of rounding them up and sending them back.â? And besides, said Gimse, immigrants are a â??valuable asset and a valuable part of our community.â?

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They needed 60 votes to proceed with the bill.

    Yea - 52
    Nay - 44

I watched it on CSPAN2 and it gave me goose bumps when they gave the final tally.

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We collapsed the Senate phone system before and we can do it again. The phones must NOT stop ringing.

THE KEY IS KNOWING THE SENATORâ??S CITIES AND ZIP CODE FOR THOSE CITIES.

Toll-free switchboard at 1-866-340-9281
or you can call 202-224-3121

THE LIST found here http://www.dolz.com/call

It has THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EVERY SENATOR AND MANY CITIES AND ZIP CODES FOR EVERY SENATOR. This is the perfect list.

TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. . . . WE HAVE GONE THROUGHT THIS MANY TIMES BEFORE.

The staffers will NOT register your call and TABULATE it with the results IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE CITY AND ZIP CODE FOR THE SENATOR THAT YOU ARE CALLING.

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