Huckabee Goes Against The Tide, Again

Mike-Huckabee-8-16-10.jpgMike Huckabee, the maverick, banjo-playing, GOP presidential candidate in 2008 and possibly again in 2012, once more is bucking the thinking of his Republican brethren.

This time it's on the immigration issue, birthright citizenship and changing the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Republican gang is pushing to rewrite the 14th Amendment so that it will bar children born in the United States from automatically becoming legitimate citizens when their parents previously have been found to have illegally entered the U.S.

Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, says that sort of thinking is dead wrong and he will not side with his GOP buddies on the issue.

In an interview with National Public Radio, Huckabee also said that even when children are brought into the U.S. as toddlers, they still should have an opportunity later in life to become U.S. citizens.

"When a kid comes to his country, and he's four years old and he had no choice in it -- his parents came illegally. He still, because he is in this state, it's the state's responsibility - in fact, it is the state's legal mandate - to make sure that child is in school.

"So let's say that kid goes to school. That kid is in our school from kindergarten through the 12th grade. He graduates as valedictorian because he's a smart kid and he works his rear end off and he becomes the valedictorian of the school.

"The question is:  Is he better off going to college and becoming a neurosurgeon or a banker or whatever he might become, and becoming a taxpayer, and in the process having to apply for and achieve citizenship, or should we make him pick tomatoes?

"I think it's better if he goes to college and becomes a citizen."

Huckabee is right and his GOP brothers are wrong.

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