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- Affirmative Action and Quotas
- Asian Pacific Americans the candidate has hired, appointed
or supported for election
- Employment discrimination, glass ceilings
- Making English the official language of the U.S.
- Foreign Policy toward China, Taiwan, India
, Japan , Korea ,
Vietnam . Missile
defense system to protect Japan , Taiwan , or South Korea
- Hate Crimes.
Legislation increasing penalties for hate crimes.
- Voting rights and providing ballots in different
Affirmative Action and Quotas
2002 Arkansas Gubernatorial National Political Awareness
Test Nov 1, 2002
No affirmative action for state contracts nor colleges
Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be
taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Q: College and university admissions
Q: Public employment
Q: State contracting
Americans the candidate has hired, appointed or supported
Employment discrimination, glass ceilings
Making English the
official language of the U.S.
English the official language
6/5/07 New York Times: Third G.O.P. debate: MR. BLITZER: I
see people raising their hands. But the question was, I'd
only like those to speak up who believe that English should
not necessarily be the official language of the United States . Is there anyone else
who stands with Senator McCain specifically on that
question? (Huckabee does not respond)
Foreign Policy. Like
Americans of African, Cuban, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish,
Mexican, and Polish descent, many APA's are interested in
American foreign policy toward the country of their
6/21/2006 press release,
Office of the President, Republic of China , Taiwan President Chen Meets with
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
President Chen Shui-bian met with Governor Mike Huckabee
of Arkansas on June 21 at the Office of the
The president first thanked Governor Huckabee for
. Under Huckabee's chairmanship, the US Council of State
Governments passed a resolution in 2003 in support of Taiwan 's bid to become an observer in the World
Health Assembly (WHA), which, together with the governor's
letter of request to then US
Secretary of State Colin Powell, later entailed the US voting in favor of Taiwan 's bid in
the 2004 WHA meeting.
In addition, the Arkansas State Council passed a
resolution last year in support of the signing of a
Taiwan-US free trade agreement.
This was Governor Huckabee's fourth visit to
system to protect Japan, Taiwan, or
Hate Crimes. Legislation increasing penalties for hate
12/29/07 Wall Street Journal: “Huckabee Stirs Immigration
by Laura Meckler
-- Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee tried to
link the crisis in
Pakistan to the hot-button
issue of immigration in the U.S. , as several presidential candidates pounced
on the tragedy abroad in making their cases to Iowa voters.
Mr. Huckabee, who has little foreign-policy experience
as a former governor, suggested that instability following
Benazir Bhutto's assassination should remind Americans of
the many Pakistanis who try to illegally enter this country.
Some of them, he said, may set out to harm to Americans.
While seeking to tap into anti-immigration sentiment,
Mr. Huckabee may also have sown new doubts about his
expertise on global issues. He said incorrectly that more
Pakistanis entered the
U.S. illegally last year than
did nationals of any other nation, save those from countries
south of the
In fact, the government apprehended more people from
Canada , India and Poland than from Pakistan , the
Congressional Research Service found.
In Pella , Mr. Huckabee said he brought up immigration to link
a tragedy halfway around the world to life in Iowa .
"A lot of
Americans sitting in Pella , Iowa , maybe look halfway around the world and
say, How does that affect me? The way it affects them is
that we need to understand that violence and terror is
significant when it happens in
. It's more significant if it could happen in our own
cities," he said. "The unsecured borders that we have pose a
real national security threat," he said.
On Friday, he
suggested Pakistanis posed a particular threat. "In light of
what happened in Pakistan yesterday, it's interesting
that there were more Pakistanis who illegally crossed the
border than of any other nationality except for those
immediately south of our border," he said. He said 660
Pakistanis were caught trying to cross the border illegally
Mr. Huckabee said the numbers came from the Department
of Homeland Security, and cited a 2006 Denver Post article
on the period 2002-05. That article, however, didn't say Pakistan accounted for more of the
people caught than any other non-Latin country. It gave a
list of selected countries, of which Pakistan had the highest number.
A report by the Congressional Research Service shows
that 650 Pakistanis were apprehended at the border and all
other ports of entry from 2002 to 2005. That compared with
5,641 people from Canada , 1,274 from India and 786 from Poland during
A day earlier, Mr. Huckabee had to clarify comments on a
similar subject. On Thursday, he seemed to suggest martial
law hadn't been lifted in Pakistan , when in fact it had been.
He said later that he did not consider martial law lifted
until all restrictions imposed on the press and on judges
had been lifted.
Friday, Mr. Huckabee also defended his ability to handle
a crisis of this proportion. "The most important thing
people need to know is that you have the judgment to be able
to deal with the issues that confront you," he said.
12/17/07 Wall Street Journal, Page A20: “Huckabee's
by Jason L. Riley
When Mr. Huckabee was governor of Arkansas , he supported letting the children
of illegal aliens, who met the same academic standards
required of legal residents, apply for taxpayer-funded
12/10/2007 Miami Herald: “A softer tone in bilingual debate:
GOP presidential candidates keep it polite and avoid
confrontations on illegal immigration at a bilingual debate
at the University of Miami ,”
by Beth Reinhard and Laura Figueroa
Mike Huckabee, the one-time underdog rising in the polls,
even struck a sympathetic note.
''When people come to this country, they shouldn't
fear,'' the former governor of Arkansas said. ``They
shouldn't live in hiding. They ought to have their heads
Huckabee didn't mention his plan released two days ago,
which calls for deporting undocumented immigrants who don't
return to their home country, fining employers who hire
them, and building a fence along the Mexican border by 2010.
Mitt Romney has been the most aggressive candidate on
immigration, hammering Giuliani for overseeing a ''sanctuary
city'' for undocumented workers when he was mayor of
. Romney has also gone after Huckabee for backing college
scholarships for the children of illegal immigrants. Romney
did not revive either of those attacks in front of the crowd
of 3,200 people and Hispanic television audience.
12/20/07 Associated Press: “Tancredo drops WH bid, endorses
by Michael Crumb
Des Moines, Iowa - Rep. Tom Tancredo, who built his
longshot presidential campaign on opposition to illegal
immigration, dropped out Thursday and endorsed Republican
rival Mitt Romney as the best man to carry on the fight.
Tancredo identified former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
and Arizona Sen. John McCain as two Republican candidates
whose records indicate they wouldn't be tough enough on
He also said Huckabee's recent rise in the polls was a
factor in his decision to drop out of the race.
Secure America Plan
A 9-Point Strategy for Immigration Enforcement and Border
Overview: Implement a broad-based strategy that commits the
resources of the federal government to the enforcement of
our immigration laws and results in the attrition of the
illegal immigrant population.
1. Build the Fence
Ensure that an interlocking surveillance camera system is
installed along the border by July 1, 2010.
Ensure that the border fence construction is completed by
July 1, 2010.
2. Increase Border Patrol
Increase the number of border patrol agents.
Fully support all law enforcement personnel tasked with
enforcing immigration law.
3. Prevent Amnesty
Policies that promote or tolerate amnesty will be rejected.
Propose to provide all illegal immigrants a 120-day window
to register with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration
Services and leave the country. Those who register and
return to their home country will face no penalty if they
later apply to immigrate or visit; those who do not return
home will be, when caught, barred from future reentry for a
period of 10 years.
This is not a "touchback" provision. Those who leave this
country and apply to return from their home country would go
to the back of the line.
4. Enforce the Law on Employers
Employment is the chief draw for most illegal immigrants and
denying them jobs is the centerpiece of an attrition
Impose steep fines and penalties on employers that violate
Institute a universal, mandatory citizenship verification
system as part of the normal hiring process.
Prevent the IRS and the Social Security Administration from
accepting fraudulent Social Security numbers or numbers that
don't match the employees' names.*
5. Establish an Economic Border
Move toward passage of the FairTax.
The FairTax provides an extra layer of security by creating
an economic disincentive to immigrate to the U.S.
6. Empower Local Authorities
Promote better cooperation on enforcement by supporting
legislative measures such as the CLEAR Act, which aims to
systematize the relationship between local law and federal
Encourage immigration-law training for police. Local
authorities must be provided the tools, training, and
funding they need so local police can turn illegal
immigrants over to the federal authorities.
7. Ensure Document Security
End exemptions for Mexicans and Canadians to the US-VISIT
program, which tracks the arrival and departure of foreign
visitors. Since these countries account for the vast
majority of foreigners coming here (85 percent), such a
policy clearly violates Congress' intent in mandating this
Reject Mexico's "matricula consular" card, which functions
as an illegal-immigrant identification card.
8. Discourage Dual Citizenship
Inform foreign governments when their former citizens become
naturalized U.S. citizens.
Impose civil and/or criminal penalties on American citizens
who illegitimately use their dual status (e.g., using a
foreign passport, voting in elections in both a foreign
country and the U.S.).
9. Modernize the Process of Legal Immigration
Eliminate the visa lottery system and the admission category
for adult brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.
Increase visas for highly-skilled and highly-educated
Expedite processing for those who serve honorably in the
U.S. Armed Forces.
Improve our immigration process so that those patiently and
responsibly seeking to come here legally will not have to
wait decades to share in the American dream. Governor
Huckabee has always been grateful to live in a country that
people are trying to break into, rather than break out of.
*This policy will be drafted to comply with the final
federal court decisions on this issue.
Note: This plan is partially modeled on a proposal by Mark
Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration
Studies. ("Re: Immigration: Ten Points for a Successful
Presidential Candidate," National Review, May 23, 2005.)
Voting rights and
providing ballots in different languages.