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Presidential Candidates views on illegal immigration

Immigration and Amnesty

With the presidential primary elections right around the corner, nothing could be more important than being educated about the positions of the Presidential Candidates on the issues. Immigration policy is one of the hottest issues this cycle, so below are links to all of the GOP Candidates’ immigration policy pages so you can be more informed about where they stand on the issues.

 
 
 
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January 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Duncan Hunter to make an announcement; Update: He’s staying in, blasts media “knuckleheads”

By Michelle Malkin • January 7, 2008 12:48 PM

Update 2:38pm Eastern. Rep. Hunter is staying in the race. He blasted “knucklehead, arrogant” TV execs at ABC and Fox for excluding him from the presidential debates this weekend.

Good on Rep. Hunter for sticking it out. As he noted, he picked up one presidential delegate in Wyoming. That’s one more than many of the prez candidates who were allowed to sit at the debate tables.

Here’s CNN’s brief dispatch on the announcement: “”So here’s my answer: I’m not going to quit. I’m staying in.”

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Just in from the Hunter campaign. News coming at 2:00pm Eastern:

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2007
Contact: Bob Bevill, (978) 339-3198, (603) 913-1770

Presidential Candidate and California Congressman Duncan Hunter will be making a major announcement today at 2:00 p.m. (EST), regarding the future of his Presidential bid. All media are encouraged to attend or contact Bob Bevill, National Media Coordinator, to arrange alternate interviews.

DUNCAN HUNTER ANNOUNCEMENT
Radisson Hotel Lobby
700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire
2:00 p.m. (EST)

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Rep. Hunter has been a stalwart advocate for strict immigration enforcement, border security, and a strong national defense. If he withdraws, which seems likely, his presence will be greatly missed by grass-roots conservatives. I’ve never been able to answer questions from readers about why his campaign never caught fire given his excellent credentials and expertise (compared to, say, Mike Huckabee’s). Politics is weird and inexplicable like that.

Question: Will Hunter throw his support to one of the other candidates? Which one?

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Ed Morrissey pays tribute:

Hunter faced the same problem as anyone else running from the House: a small constituency. Hunter has never had to conduct a campaign outside of his Congressional district, and that makes a big difference when running for President. He couldn’t carry California, which isn’t as big of a handicap — for instance, no one thinks Mitt Romney will carry Massachusetts in a general election — but the lack of notoriety that comes from being one of 435 instead of 1 of 100 or one of 50 becomes a big burden to overcome.

I also have to mention that he is even more impressive in person than on television. He is warm, engaging, and sharp. Hunter needed no scripts at the CLC to chat with us over dinner about policy or electoral strategy. He has a personality and a sense of humor that gets shortchanged in the debate formats used in this cycle, and although it probably wouldn’t have made a lot of difference in his traction, it would have been nice to see more people get to know Hunter better.

If Hunter leaves, the rest of us should hope that a Republican winner will find room for Hunter in the next administration. He would make an excellent Secretary of Defense, or perhaps the head of Homeland Security, if he’s crazy enough to take it. This man still has plenty of service left to give our nation; let’s hope someone puts him to use.

January 8, 2008 Posted by | duncan hunter, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

HUNTER: “THOSE HERE ILLEGALLY HAVE TO GO HOME.”

San Diego, CA –Presidential candidate Congressman Duncan Hunter joined other Republican candidates for President in a Spanish only broadcast debate Sunday night. The Miami event allowed the San Diego native the opportunity to show, once again, that he would be the President for all Americans.

While the other candidates pandered to the audience and evaded many of the questions, Hunter answered the moderator and the audience directly. Specifically, when asked what should be done with the 12 million illegal immigrants that now live in the United States, Hunter said the solution is simple, “Those here illegally have to go home.”

“When I came back from Vietnam, I was a practicing lawyer in the barrio. I was the only lawyer there, and I never turned away a family that came in and needed help. But, I told them they had to be here legally, because the first thing you’ve got to learn in this country is the rule of law. And, the second thing is you have to make sure that your kids learn English, because that is the American opportunity. Read More…

December 12, 2007 Posted by | duncan hunter, Uncategorized, united states | , , | Leave a comment