“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
Mike Huckabee has promised the founder of the Minutemen, Jim Gilchrist, that if elected president he would push for judicial rulings and amendments to the U.S. Constitution to keep babies born right here in the USA from having American citizenship. After uncovering this promise, the Washington Times confirmed it with Mike Huckabee’s spokesperson.
Mike Huckabee wants to get Biblical on these babies, visiting the sins of the father or mother on the child. The children we’re talking about here, children of illegal immigrants who were born in the USA, did not sneak into the country. The U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are not themselves illegal immigrants, since they have not immigrated from anywhere. They are American born. They are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, just as any person (save those with diplomatic immunity) inside the borders of the United States is. These babies have broken no law, shown no contempt for the legal system. They clearly meet the standards of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. You’d have to agree that these babies, born right here in the USA, clearly merit citizenship — unless you don’t respect the United States Constitution, that is.
And that’s where Mike Huckabee finds himself. He just doesn’t respect the U.S. Constitution. Mike Huckabee thinks the U.S. Constitution is wrong, and he has sworn to the Minutemen that he’ll work against it. In its place, Mike Huckabee has promised to implement the 20th Century German model of citizenship, in which the worthiness of your parentage is the standard by which you are deemed worthy or unworthy of citizenship, in which generations of families can live in a country and yet not have the right bloodline to merit citizenship. Mike Huckabee’s pledge to take us down this road, his pledge to work against the citizenship standards of the U.S. Constitution, stands in direct opposition to the presidential oath of office prescribed by the U.S. Constitution itself, in which any new president must swear a solemn oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
This is the man who’s running neck-and-neck with John Mccain for the Republican presidential nomination. I don’t want Mike Huckabee anywhere near the Oval Office.