Thursday, January 17, 2008

Huckabee signs Americans for Better Immigration's

"No Amnesty" Pledge

On Wednesday (1/16) afternoon, Governor Mike Huckabee became the first presidential candidate to sign Americans for Better Immigration's (ABI) "No-Amnesty" pledge.

Roy Beck, Executive Director of NumbersUSA and President of Americans for Better Immigration had this to say regarding Governor Huckabee's Pledge:

"Every candidate claims to oppose amnesty, but few define amnesty the way most Americans do. I applaud Gov. Huckabee for defining amnesty correctly, and for pledging to fully enforce laws that would take away the jobs and benefits magnets that draw illegal aliens here - and that keep them here. "What a contrast to Sen. McCain, Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama, for example, who say they reject amnesty and then, in almost the same breath, say that most illegal aliens will have to be allowed to stay permanently. All three have repeatedly voted for amnesty. In the past week, Sen. McCain and Mayor Giuliani have clarified on national TV that they intend for most illegal aliens to be granted the very things they broke immigration laws to steal: an American job and U.S. residency."In a time of economic insecurity for many Americans, and rising joblessness, it is important to know which candidates would permanently fill American jobs with illegal foreign workers. I am pleased that Gov. Huckabee is saying he will not do that. He is taking a stand in favor of American workers, their families and their communities, all of whom need to be assured that once these illegal workers leave this country they will not be allowed back through special new catetories or by increasing the number of green cards in existing ones."

Governor Huckabee understands his pledge to mean that:1. The 12 million illegal aliens now here will have to go home.2. They will not get any legal status while here that allows them to remain long-term.3. Once in their home countries, they may apply for re-admittance to the U.S. as immigrants, visitors or temporary workers through normal channels.4. But they will not receive any special privileges on the basis of their having been in the U.S. illegally, such as being put to the front of a line.5. There will be no new categories or programs through which they may re-enter.6. There will not be an expansion of green cards in any existing categories that will speed up their movement to the front of the line.

Click here to read the pledge and the press release about the event.

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