Immigration Enforcement

Leaders Rebuke Minuteman’s Endorsement of Mike Huckabee for President

December 17, 2007

Contact: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), (866) 329-3999,

The immigration enforcement movement, which is made up of hundreds of organizations, was stunned to hear of Minuteman Co-Founder, Jim Gilchrist’s, endorsement of pro-amnesty Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and over 80 organization leaders have signed a letter rebuking him for the endorsement.

The letter, found at, also rebukes Mike Huckabee’s deplorable record in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, supporting in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and his verbal attacks on Americans who support enforcement of immigration laws. Signatures include those of the Executive Board of Minuteman Project and the Co-Founder of the Minutemen, Chris Simcox, as well as many independent Minuteman groups.

Copy of Letter and List of 80 Organizations Signed

While Huckabee has released a 9 point immigration plan which appears to be strong on enforcement, the plan lies when it claims that illegal aliens would be given 120 days to leave the US and get in line. His plan imitates the pro-enforcement positions of Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, but in truth, Huckabee intends for illegal aliens to leave for a day and then return legally.

Huckabee’s true intentions to provide illegal aliens with a ‘touch back’ amnesty is found in his interview with Fox News Sunday: “Choosing the President” which aired on Dec 9, 2007 where he states…

“Look, if we can get a credit card application done within hours, it shouldn’t take years to get a work permit to come here and pick lettuce… You do have a pathway to get back here legally that would take days, maybe weeks, not years.”

“Americans want illegal aliens to leave as the current law states they must,” says William Gheen of ALIPAC. “The problem with Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilcrhist is they are trying to trick Americans by not telling voters that the illegal aliens only leave for a day, if that, under the Huckabee Amnesty plan. We want to warn America about this trick!”

ALIPAC speculates that many illegal aliens would be allowed to go to their consulates inside the US, which legally qualify as foreign soil, to pick up their new paperwork under this plan.

Over 80 leaders are standing together to rebuke Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilchrist for perpetrating this deceptive amnesty plan on American voters. ALIPAC is considering commissioning a phone poll into 50,000 Republican households in Iowa to ask, “Do you support Mike Huckabee’s plan to have illegal aliens leave and walk back in legally within a day?”

Signed by 79 leaders of Immigration Enforcement Groups!

In reaction to Jim Gilchrist’s (Co-Founder of Minutemen) lone endorsement of pro-amnesty Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee:

We, the undersigned, state that our organizations stand against racism and Amnesty for illegal aliens. Instead, we stand for the enforcement of our existing immigration laws, the securing of America’s borders, and attrition enforcement.

We have dedicated our efforts to fighting illegal immigration and we are compelled to warn the American public about the immigration stance and record of Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee.

We denounce Jim Gilchrist’s solo endorsement of a pro-amnesty and Open Borders candidate for President. Mr. Gilchrist does NOT speak for us!

Mike Huckabee is pro-amnesty and favors a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens currently in the US, which would require a lifting of the current penalties.

Mike Huckabee is against ICE raids and decried them in his home state, when illegal aliens were arrested at companies that financially support his campaigns.

Mike Huckabee supports benefits for illegal aliens such as taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition.

Governor Huckabee also favors a “touchback” provision, which we feel is a trick to confuse voters. He would have illegal aliens leave for a day, pick up new papers, and then reenter the US LEGALLY, which is not the back of the immigration line! He has stated that illegal aliens could leave and “You do have a pathway to get back here legally that would take days, maybe weeks, not years.”

Mike Huckabee supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty that failed in the US Senate and was rejected by a large majority of Americans. He stated that those who opposed the legislation are “driven by racism or nativism.”

Mike Huckabee has distorted the goals of “attrition enforcement” and the positions of Mark Krikorian by adding visa expansions, expedited visas, and “touchback”, which would counteract enforcement measures.

In truth, Mike Huckabee’s stances on the illegal immigration issue are out of line with the vast majority of Americans.

SIGNED (Signatures are tentative based on revisions and review)

William Gheen
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC

Ron Woodard
NC Listen Border Project

Peter Gadiel
9/11 Families for A Secure America

Dan Sheehy
Author of “Fighting Immigration Anarchy: American Patriots Battle to Save the Nation”

Citizens Against Illegal Aliens

Danny Smith
American Freedom Riders

Wanda Piety
Save America Fund

Brook Young
Immigration Watchdog

Andy Ramirez
Friends of the Border Patrol

Sandra Beene
Co-founder TX Minutemen

Hal Washburn
MCDC Washington State

Allen Taylor
Hoosiers for Secure Borders

Jack McDermott
Pennsylvanians Against Illegal Immigration

Joseph L. Ray
MCDC Chapter Leader

Jeff Wilson
Report and Deport

S. Byron Gassaway
Rescue Without Borders

Melissa Gardner
Let Freedom Ring America

Michael Apple
Minutemen Civil Defense Corps.
California-North Bay Chapter

Johnny Tex
Johnny Tex and the Texicans

Gianluca Zanna
Co-Founder Mohave County Minutemen

Ruthie Hendrycks
Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform

Steve Hampton
Protect Our Borders

Hayward Vickery Jr.
US Border Watch

Michael Franks
Former Texas State Republican Executive Committee Member.
Former Political Director, Texas Republican Liberty Caucu

Teela Roche & Mark Thies
South Carolinians for Immigration Moderation

Margaretann Bianculli
Greater Farmingville Citizens’ Association

Bill Strong

Jon Healy

Wally McCormick
Utah Minuteman

Phyllis Sears
Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration

Barb Coe
California Coalition for Immigration Reform

Daniel Smeriglio & Andrew Woodring
Voice of the people U.S.A

Bob Cox
Patriots Border Alliance

Steve Salvi
Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC

Bob Baker & Leon Donahue
Washingtonians For Immigration Reform

Michael A. Jackson
Government for the People

Tony Dolz
U.S. Congressional Candidate (California 30th District)
MCDC California

Carl Braun
State Leader MCDC- CA

Dan Amato
Digger’s Realm

Jeff Schwilk
San Diego Minutemen

Joe Turner & Chelene Nightingale
Save Our State

Conner Collier
V.P. of U.S. Border Watch

Joe & Barb McCutchen
Arkansas Freedom

A. B. Flanagan, III

Jan Herron, Columnist
Magic City Morning Star

Robert M. Copley Sr.
Colorado Minutemen

Burr Deitz
New York Constitution Party

Paul Streitz
CT Citizens for Immigration Control

Janie McCormick
Constitution Coalition

Saul Lisauskas
Stopp SPP & NAU

Frosty Wooldridge
Author & Paul Revere Riders

Kathy McKee, founder/chairman
Protect Arizona NOW

Lupe Moreno
Latino Americans for Immigration Reform (LAIR)

Ted Hayes
Los Angeles Activist

Nedd Kareiva
Stop the ACLU Coalition

Peter B. Gemma
columnist, Middle American News

Paul & Jo Separk
The MidNight Writers

Frank Jorge
Antelope Valley Independent Minutemen

Ron Bass
United Patriots of America

Michael Kelley
NC Voice

Duane Smith
Nevada Action Coalition

Mark Edwards
Founder of Unite to Fight 1 & 2 and Wake Up America

Scott DiBenedetto
Pahrump Minutemen

Theresa Harmon
Tennesseans for Responsible Immigration Policies

Susan Smith
Nebraskans Advisory Group

Jim Ludwick
Oregonians for Immigration Reform

Robert R. Galbreath Jr.
Citizens for a Constitutional Republic

George Gush
Boycott State Farm Insurance

Jim Palmer
Buy Direct USA

Chris Davis
America in Danger

Michael Williams
Border Hawks

Chris Simcox
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Co-Founder of the Minutemen

Walter Adams
PA Minutemen State Director

Joseph Ureneck
Massachusetts Citizens for Immigration Reform

Mike Vanderboegh
Alabama Minuteman Project

Dennis Murphy
Nebraska Minuteman Civil Defense Corp

Marvin Steward & Deborah Courtney
Minuteman Project Inc

Michael Strauss & John Loucome
LaPorte County Illegal Immigration Taskforce

Edward & Cynthia Kolb
Desert Visions


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