The Wall Street Journal did not do former Arkansas Governor (1997 to 2005) Mike Huckabee any favors this morning when editorial board member Jason Riley wrote:
Between 2000 and 2005, Arkansas had the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the country. Today, some two-thirds of the state’s 100,000 immigrants are Hispanic and half are undocumented. Yet a study released earlier this year by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation found these newcomers to “have a small but positive net fiscal impact on the Arkansas state budget.”
They also did Republicans and themselves no favors when editorial board member Jason Riley also wrote these two excerpts [all emphasis added is mine]:
Like Rudy Giuliani and Mr. Romney, Mr. Huckabee is convinced that tough talk on immigration, however irrational, is necessary to win the nomination. And while such rhetoric may indeed earn you support from nativist groups like the Minutemen, who endorsed Mr. Huckabee last week, there’s a danger that it also could consign the GOP to minority status in Washington for some time.[and]
…voters can’t be expected to support a Republican Party that takes its marching orders from Lou Dobbs populists when it’s not taking them from xenophobic fringe outfits animated by reconquista conspiracy theories.
While at least as many were left waiting to legally immigrate, Congress and Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush left the door wide open and our laws un-enforced as more that ten million “newcomers” illegally entered the United States from 1993 to 2007.
All of the Democrats running for President are for open borders and amnesty.
The Wall Street Journal is free to endorse anyone of them. Yet race-baiting rhetoric and pointing out what Mike Huckabee failed to do as Governor will not help him win the Republican nomination.
In June of this year, a vast majority of Americans — who support legal immigration and want our laws enforced — demanded an end to open borders. Perhaps that vast majority is still searching for a candidate they can trust on the issue.