(CNN) – Earlier this month, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he favored a hiatus on immigration from countries that appear on the State Department’s list of terror-sponsoring nations, including North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Cuba.
But campaigning in Miami’s Little Havana on Friday, he seemed to describe a slight amendment to that position, endorsing the existing U.S. policy which allows Cuban refugees who set foot in the country to remain here.
"We have a very distinct policy when it relates to Cuba one that I think we should continue, and that is if you get a foot on dry soil you should be able to come here,” said Huckabee. “I wouldn't do anything to change that policy one iota. My policy on Cuba has been absolutely crystal clear, and we wouldn't change that."
Cuban-Americans are a major voting bloc in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Florida.
–CNN’s Eric Fiegel and Rebecca Sinderbrand