Saturday, November 24, 2007

Huckabee: Don't Penalize Kids for Something They Can't Help

Mike Huckabee was asked to respond to other candidates saying he was soft on immigration.

"We penalize law-breakers. We don't penalize their children for something they can't help.

"If a child is gasping for air, asthmatic, and he's on the hospital steps, what do the other candidates suggest we do, let him sit there and gasp until he doesn't have any air left and he dies? If a child comes to our school -- and our law, by the way, in most of our states, mine certainly says you've got to educate a child if he's of child age -- what do you, break your own law and say, `No, you can't come in the schoolhouse door'?

"No, you don't do that. What you do is you elect a president who will fix the problem where it needs to be fixed: At the border. But if your government at the federal government is so incompetent that it fails to secure the border, you don't then grind your heel into the face of a 6-year-old child over it. That's not what this country does. We're a better country than that."

I absolutely agree with Huckabee on this. You can micromanage immigration and pass laws restricting what immigrants do, but if you don't solve the problem you will always have a problem. Let's focus on solving the problem of immigration instead of trying to criminalize everything immigrants do.

Unlike Huckabee, I believe you fix the problem, not at the border, but with employers. As Obama said at the debate in Las Vegas, "they're not coming here to go to the In-N-Out Burger." They come here for work and we solve the problem if we crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers.


Don said...

Nice post.

The immigration debate is largely a dichotomy of two stems: push factors and pull factors.

There are obviously conditions in the immigrant's home country that are causing him or her to feel the need to leave and in the country that the immigrant is coming to...there are pull factors.

The pull factors are the "magnet". I think you are right in that we need to crack down on one of the largest "magnets"...which is that would probably take gigantic steps toward solving the problem.

At the same time, I think Huckabee is also right in that no matter how much we do to reduce the strength of the magnet, there will always be people that try to get in no matter what.

We need comprehensive enforcement.

The Real Sporer said...

Amazing, so do I, at least as far as children are concerned, agree.

The Real Sporer said...

The immigration problem could be solved without Congress passing damn few new laws.

Its already illegal to knowingly hire illegal aliens. People in Iowa are going to get a view of how this seedy trade in human beings works when the details of the Swift/union conspiracy are publicized during the trial. I think Iowans are going to be mad as hell about it also.

noneed4thneed said...

Maybe it is the Holiday season, but I agree again with you Sporer. We need to enforce the current laws.

If we do that then we won't have to worry about who gets driver's liscenses or scholarships.