Huckabee: Don’t Punish Children Because Parents are Illegal Immigrants


Mike HuckabeeFormer Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that children of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be punished for the actions of their parents.

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.”

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