Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that he believes he knows what's behind the anti-immigration feelings of some Americans.
"If I were to say some of it is driven by just sheer racism, I think I would be telling you the truth," Huckabee said as he shared sandwiches and salad with close to 20 national and regional political reporters.
"I'm not saying everybody who is very, very angry [about immigration ] is a racist. I want to be very clear about that. But I've had conversations with people, and it became evident what they really didn't like is that people didn't look like them, didn't talk like them and didn't celebrate the holidays they do, and they just had a problem with it."
Mike Huckabee thinks I'm a racist. Just because I want the federal government to live up to its responsibility to secure our borders. I'm racist because I want to increase border-patrol agents, immigration inspectors, and detention beds so that I don't have to worry about terrorists crossing the borders.
I'm racist because I have no desire to continue to pay for Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). Report
I'm racist because illegals are to be pardoned for crimes, like using a phony Social Security card and drivers license, which would land any American in serious trouble. Instead of facing punishment they are being rewarded with citizenship.
I'm racist because I believe that Bush's "illegals-must-wait-at-the-end-of-the-line" is a con job. Illegals, by remaining in the country and jumping into the citizenship line, rather than the visa line, have jumped way ahead of law-abiding immigrants waiting in their home countries for a visa.
Huckabee's statement is utterly contemptible. His attitude toward the American people really stinks. We have voiced valid concerns. No one has ever said that we must deport all of the illegals. What we want is to first secure our border. After that occurs, then we'll talk about a worker program and amnesty. Huckabee, these are racists.