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It looks like it according to his “top immigration surrogate”
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.
Mr. Huckabee has defended his policies on illegal aliens while he was Arkansas governor. He pressed for illegal aliens to gain college tuition benefits, complained about federal immigration raids in his state and declined to have state police enforce immigration laws, although the state legislature gave him the authority to do so.
Mr. Huckabee now has adopted one of the strictest immigration platforms of any campaign. He has proposed a policy requiring all illegal aliens to return home and apply for immigration through legal channels.
Members of Congress have never tried to change birthright citizenship by law.
Is anyone going to ask him how he plans to make this happen when he won’t have the support of Congress. In fact, he doesn’t have the support of the Congress on any of the 4 amendments he’s proposing:
1. the Fair Tax requires a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Sixteenth Amendment;
2. a Human Life amendment;
3. an amendment to define marriage;
and now 4. an amendment to end birthright citizenship.
But it doesn’t really matter, does it? It’s the thought that counts. He’s getting credit for supporting the admendments even though they will all be dropped after the election because there’s no way Congress will touch any of them.
BTW, I don’t have to tell you that this is a pretty significant flip-flop:
Heading into South Carolina, where illegal immigration appears to be the biggest issue among Republicans, Huckabee is going to support a constitutional amendment prohibiting birthright citizenship? Did I not hear him in several debates, including on Sunday, admonishing those of us who’ve long opposed birthright citizenship, about God’s children coming out of the shadows? Is this not the same man who only a few months ago supported McCain-Kennedy?
I guess Huckabee has become the new agent of change in this election, huh?
Update: Huckabee state’s that he is not for a constitutional amendment:
Gov. Mike Huckabee has issued the following comment in response to a Washington Times article reporting he would amend the Constitution in connection to children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens:
“I do not support an amendment to the constitution that would prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens. I have no intention of supporting a constitutional amendment to deny birthright citizenship.”
So, he only supports three amendments, not four.