84 leaders of groups opposing illegal immigration have come out against Mike Huckabee's faux immigration statements recently and his endorsement by Jim Gilchrist, the co-founder of the Minutemen. Apparently Gilchrist didn't do his homework on Huckabee or there was some money, power or position promised to him for his endorsement, because I can't for the life of me see why he would do such a thing. I have noted Huckabee's ridiculousness regarding illegal aliens for years and summed it up in my recent article on Huckabee and immigration.
I have also signed the below letter that was released by the Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALIPAC). I post it in full below with all of those who have signed it and links to their websites in the extended entry.
The reason that I signed it is, first, Huckabee's past performance and actions show that he is only using lip service to get elected and has actively worked and encouraged illegal immigration in the past. Second, Jim Gilchrist seems to have made a serious flaw in actually looking into Huckabee's record. That does not mean that I hate Gilchrist or what he has done in the past (on the contrary, I was a supporter of his congressional run in California) but it certainly does damage his credibility, if not totally destroy it, in a lot of people's eyes.
Can Gilchrist still run his organization and receive support after such a blunder as this?
In reaction to Jim Gilchrist's (Co-Founder of Minutemen) lone endorsement of pro-amnesty Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee:
We, the undersigned, state that our organizations stand against racism and Amnesty for illegal aliens. Instead, we stand for the enforcement of our existing immigration laws, the securing of America's borders, and attrition enforcement.
We have dedicated our efforts to fighting illegal immigration and we are compelled to warn the American public about the immigration stance and record of Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee.
We denounce Jim Gilchrist's solo endorsement of a pro-amnesty and Open Borders candidate for President. Mr. Gilchrist does NOT speak for us!
Mike Huckabee is pro-amnesty and favors a "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens currently in the US, which would require a lifting of the current penalties.
Mike Huckabee is against ICE raids and decried them in his home state, when illegal aliens were arrested at companies that financially support his campaigns.
Mike Huckabee supports benefits for illegal aliens such as taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition.
Governor Huckabee also favors a "touchback" provision, which we feel is a trick to confuse voters. He would have illegal aliens leave for a day, pick up new papers, and then reenter the US LEGALLY, which is not the back of the immigration line! He has stated that illegal aliens could leave and "You do have a pathway to get back here legally that would take days, maybe weeks, not years."
Mike Huckabee supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty that failed in the US Senate and was rejected by a large majority of Americans. He stated that those who opposed the legislation are "driven by racism or nativism."
Mike Huckabee has distorted the goals of "attrition enforcement" and the positions of Mark Krikorian by adding visa expansions, expedited visas, and "touchback", which would counteract enforcement measures.
In truth, Mike Huckabee's stances on the illegal immigration issue are out of line with the vast majority of Americans.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC
NC Listen Border Project
9/11 Families for A Secure America
Author of "Fighting Immigration Anarchy: American Patriots Battle to Save the Nation"
Citizens Against Illegal Aliens
American Freedom Riders
Save America Fund
Co-founder TX Minutemen
MCDC Washington State
Hoosiers for Secure Borders
Pennsylvanians Against Illegal Immigration
Joseph L. Ray
MCDC Chapter Leader
Report and Deport
S. Byron Gassaway
Rescue Without Borders
Let Freedom Ring America
Minutemen Civil Defense Corps.
California-North Bay Chapter
Johnny Tex and the Texicans
Co-Founder Mohave County Minutemen
Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform
Protect Our Borders
Hayward Vickery Jr.
US Border Watch
Former Texas State Republican Executive Committee Member.
Former Political Director, Texas Republican Liberty Caucu
Teela Roche & Mark Thies
South Carolinians for Immigration Moderation
Greater Farmingville Citizens' Association
Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration
California Coalition for Immigration Reform
Daniel Smeriglio & Andrew Woodring
Voice of the people U.S.A
Patriots Border Alliance
Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC
Bob Baker & Leon Donahue
Washingtonians For Immigration Reform
Michael A. Jackson
Government for the People
U.S. Congressional Candidate (California 30th District)
State Leader MCDC- CA
San Diego Minutemen
Joe Turner & Chelene Nightingale
Save Our State
V.P. of U.S. Border Watch
Joe & Barb McCutchen
A. B. Flanagan, III
Jan Herron, Columnist
Magic City Morning Star
Robert M. Copley Sr.
New York Constitution Party
CT Citizens for Immigration Control
Stop SPP & NAU
Author & Paul Revere Riders
Kathy McKee, founder/chairman
Protect Arizona NOW
Latino Americans for Immigration Reform (LAIR)
Los Angeles Activist
Stop the ACLU Coalition
Peter B. Gemma
columnist, Middle American News
Paul & Jo Separk
The MidNight Writers
Antelope Valley Independent Minutemen
United Patriots of America
Nevada Action Coalition
Founder of Unite to Fight 1 & 2 and Wake Up America
Tennesseans for Responsible Immigration Policies
Nebraskans Advisory Group
Oregonians for Immigration Reform
Robert R. Galbreath Jr.
Citizens for a Constitutional Republic
Boycott State Farm Insurance
Buy Direct USA
America in Danger
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Co-Founder of the Minutemen
PA Minutemen State Director
Massachusetts Citizens for Immigration Reform
Alabama Minuteman Project
Nebraska Minuteman Civil Defense Corp
Marvin Steward & Deborah Courtney
Minuteman Project Inc
Michael Strauss & John Loucome
LaPorte County Illegal Immigration Taskforce
Edward & Cynthia Kolb
Kentuckians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement
Mothers Against Illegal Aliens
Col. Albert F. Rodriguez
You Don't Speak For Me
Protect Our Border