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Huckabee retreats on birthright citizenship

By Stephen Dinan
January 9, 2008

Mike Huckabee yesterday contradicted his own top immigration surrogate, announcing he will not support a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal aliens.

It was a stark reversal after The Washington Times reported that James Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, said Mr. Huckabee promised to pursue an amendment to the Constitution. In an article in yesterday’s editions, Mr. Huckabee’s spokeswoman did not challenge the former Arkansas governor’s statements to Mr. Gilchrist and said the two men shared the same goals on immigration.

But by yesterday afternoon, Mr. Huckabee had backed away from that position.

“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,” Mr. Huckabee said in a statement posted on his campaign Web site.

The Times reported that Mr. Gilchrist, in a half-hour conversation while campaigning with Mr. Huckabee last week in Iowa, pinned down the Republican presidential candidate on various immigration stances, including how he would address what most legal scholars see as the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of citizenship to any person born in the United States, except for diplomatic situations.

Mr. Gilchrist said Mr. Huckabee promised to bring a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge the matter, and also would press Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution.

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January 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Immigration Groups Having An Effect On Huckabee On The Ground In Iowa

From Diggers Realm:

By Digger

The Iowa initiative being held over the past 4 days by ALIPAC, Voice of the People USA, 9/11 Families for a Secure America, 20 talk radio stations and FAIR are having an impact on Mike Huckabee and his numbers are falling like a rock!

Mitt Romney has regained the lead in Iowa after the 4 day mission to expose Huckabee for the fraud he is regarding illegal immigration.

Arizona Republic

… Mitt Romney has regained the lead among Iowa Republicans as Mike Huckabee has lost momentum and support, even among the evangelical Christians who had propelled him into the top spot just weeks ago….

[Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research] said, “Romney has rebounded, and the Huckabee bubble may have burst.

“Last time, Huckabee was getting all the good press and nobody had put him under any scrutiny. . . . Now he’s under the spotlight, and he’s started to wilt a little.”

This is absolutely great news and my hat is off to the groups who have been out there on the ground going door to door and making phone calls.

This just in from William Gheen of ALIPAC

Our team in Iowa has conducted over 25 talk radio interview broadcasts into Iowa and other locations around the nation. We have kept our message clear that Huckabee is trying to deceive the voters, is pro-amnesty, favors benefits for illegals, and that the endorsement of solo Minuteman Jim Gilchrist is opposed by our movement. Absolutely NO leaders have joined him in his support of the Huckster.Huckabee has Gilchrist on the media bus with him traveling across Iowa to try and deceive voters about his current and past stances on illegal immigration.

ALIPAC has purchased a barrage of radio ads that will run on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will reinforce our message. We have targeted 43,000 likely Republican voter households with our message and received a 6 to 1 feedback in our favor.

Our efforts are having an impact. Huckabee’s numbers are dropping rapidly. We must prove that our collective efforts can expose a fraud and that being on the wrong side of this issue will cost a candidate their chances at winning.

I hope Huckabee loses and I hope all candidates look around and realize that Americans have had enough of the same lip service regarding illegal immigration. His record speaks for itself and nothing he can say will ever change that.

Good job guys!

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