Mike Huckabee Does Not Support Ending Birthright Citizenship

By Nicole Allan

In an interview with NPR on Wednesday, Mike Huckabee cited three different Supreme Court decisions upholding birthright citizenship and said that he opposed the growing Republican push to repeal parts of the 14th amendment. 

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reports:

In coming out against efforts -- however nascent -- to repeal birthright citizenship, Huckabee almost immediately cast himself into a minority crowd within GOP circles. While former Bush hands have been vocal in their horror at the Republican Party's insistence in tackling this issue, a wide swath of prominent Senators and Senate candidates have jumped on board the bandwagon with both feet.

Huckabee has found himself on the outskirts of the party tent with respect to immigration policy before. During the presidential campaign, he was attacked relenetlessly by his rivals for implementing a policy while governor that allowed children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition.

"I was dealing with the failure of the federal government at a state level, just like a lot of citizens have dealt with it individually, and my feeling was, and I still believe this, that you don't punish a child for the crimes a parent commits," he said at the time. "And that's my position; it hasn't changed."

Far from hurting his candidacy, the position ended up being a relatively boon. The evangelical crowd appreciated Huckabee's sympathetic voice. The governor, meanwhile, set himself apart from his rivals on a hot-button issue.

Read the full story at the Huffington Post.

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