In 2006, Huckabee told The Washington Post that the “rational approach is to find a way to give people a pathway to citizenship.” He also advocated as governor for financial assistance for illegal immigrants attending in-state colleges.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Huckabee insisted, “I’ve always been the same place: Secure the border first, don’t provide amnesty, but don’t be irrational.”
Huckabee pointed to an illegal immigrant in Arkansas who had come into the country with his parents as a small child and ended up graduating valedictorian of his high school class.
“Would we rather have him one day become a neurosurgeon or a tomato-picker?” Huckabee said. “I’ve never regretted taking the stand that you don’t punish children for something their parents did illegally. If you did, the next time the person gets stopped in a car, give the kid in the backseat the ticket instead of the dad.”