Huckabee Pivots From Bhutto's Assassination To Immigration
MSNBC has a few quotes up as Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, reacting to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s death. His comments seems to highlight his lack of foreign policy sagacity, and that he’s going to continue the politics of fear-mongering.
In light of what happened in Pakistan yesterday it’s interesting that there were more Pakistanis who illegally crossed the border than of any other nationality except for those immediately south of our border — 660 last year.
My point once again is to highlight that the lack of security on our borders poses a potential threat to us. I’m making the observation that we have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities except those immediately south of the border. And in light of what’s happening in Pakistan it ought to give us pause as to why are so many illegals coming across these borders.
He didn’t get the facts right though. The Washington Post pointed out:
[T]he ex-governor blundered a bit in both the number of undocumented people caught by U.S. officials and its ranking among countries. Huckabee, citing a Denver Post article, said 660 people had been caught crossing the border illegally from Pakistan “last year,” but the article actually noted 660 came from Pakistan from 2002 to 2005. He said more Pakistanis “than any other nationality except for those immediately south of the border” had been caught here illegally, but the Department of Homeland Security said in the last year both the Philippines and China had more people who were caught here illegally than Pakistan.
In an International Herald-Tribune piece, we read this quote with the publication’s comment:
“We have seen what happens in the Musharraf government,” Huckabee said on MSNBC. “He has told us he does not have enough control of those eastern borders near Afghanistan to be able go after the terrorists. But on the other hand, he did not want us going in, so what do we do?”
Those borders are actually on the west, not the east.
And, quoting a New York Times piece entitled Huckabee Sees Pakistan as Reason for Border Fence, Huckabee on Thursday night told reporters in Orlando, Florida said:
We ought to have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our borders and particularly to make sure if there’s any unusual activity of Pakistanis coming into the country.
The Times went on to say:
Asked how a border fence would help keep out Pakistani immigrants, Mr. Huckabee argued that airplane security was already strong, but that security at the southern United States border was dangerously weak.
“The fact is that the immigration issue is not so much about people coming to pick lettuce or make beds, it’s about someone coming with a shoulder-fired missile,” he said.
That Huckabee pivoted from Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s death to U.S. immigration says to me that with Huckabee presidency, we’d get someone who doesn’t really think in terms of foreign policy when international events occur (he doesn’t know the geography; he doesn’t have the facts straight), but pretty much only in terms of how international events impact domestic issues. And, Huckabee’s tack on Bhutto’s assassination tell me a Huckabee presidency would be one of four more years of the national politics of fear. We do not need four more years of simple-minded foreign policies and four more years of fear-mongering.