(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
... now Mike is pandering to the Cuban-Americans ... who obviously don't often consider themselves Americans first ...with a Cuban heritage....
and people thought Mike didn't know anything about foreign countries or foreign policy!!!
And if you believe that...
HUCK I LIKE YOU ALOT, HECK I RESPECT YOU ALSO.
HOWEVER YOU CAN'T WIN AGAINST THE HILDA–BEAST!!
GEAUX ROMNEY, HE CAN BEAT HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wet foot/Dry foot policy is still illegal immigration. I'm a proud liberal but I support a strong immigration policy. Enforce the rules of illegal immigration and get rid of wet foot/dry foot policy. Why should we allow people from one country to remain here because they came from Cuba, but everyone else has to back?
If you say, "Well Cuba is a Communist Country, and we are anti-Communism"; YOU ARE WRONG....
We obviously aren't anti-communist if we take money from China to prop up our economy/national debt.
Illegal Immigration is just like Illegal Drugs. If there is a demand to be some where better or a demand for a certain drug, you won't be able to stop it completely. If you really want to fix illegal immigration, stop the demand.
Not worth comments!! My experience with preachers has been miserably disastrous!!!!!!!!!!
BEAT THE BEAST-GO TEAM GO-LMAO
NO SOCIAL MEDS -NO SOCIAL NOTHING -YOU HEAR ME!!
The rightwing nutjob Cuban American community in South Florida has steered US policy for far too long. A thoroughly failed approach to Cuba has hurt US business and agriculture markets. It has isolated the US in the region and has achieved nothing for the US or Cuban people.
It would take courage to flush the ridiculous embargo and to unload the special interests driving this campaign of failure. Current support of rightwing cultish Cubans in South Florida benefits only the GOP. A mighty price America has paid for pandering to this tiny terroristic minority.
If US markets are open to China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other brutal regimes they should be open to socialist Cuba.
Mike Huckabee: You are officially irrelevent. The fundamentalists don't have a third of the power they did in 2000. thank God.
The Chinese know how to say nice words to our politicians.
Fidel Castro doesn't so they are stuck with the embargo.
We are very naive.
This is why all the candidates are the same except for Ron Paul. All the others will say or promise anything to get elected.
I am an American first. Cuban refugees should be subjected to the same laws as any other immigrant comming into this country. Some of these guys will say anything for a vote.
Cuban americans should vote for Ron Paul. Liberty, freedom, right to personal privacy is the reason why we fled cuba and came here. Non intervention foreign policy will stop the world wide hatred of americans and attacks. Bringing our troups home and the money home will strengthen our country and gain the worlds respect.
Ron Paul is our only hope for a peaceful and prosperous future.
I am tired of being embarrased to be an american. I am tired of being the laughing stock of the world. When i travel I am afraid to tell people I am american. I either get laughter, empathy or hatred.
I am voting for Ron Paul.
As stated by the Constitution all immigration law is to be uniform. To even claim that the current feet dry or feet wet policy is anything remotely uniform is to basically re-write the meaning of the word uniform.
Alice quite frankly you obviously have a problem if you expect a people to dump their heritage and become part of the collective just because they came here. Fortunately in America we believe that you can still have your heritage and still be American. This country was founded on hard work and dedication not conformity and trying to fit in. If they work to the best of their ability not to become a burden to this country, respect the laws of this country, and try to learn english that is all that truly matters.
What happened to Mikes super tough impenetrable 9 point immigration plan to secure the country?
Does Gomer Fudd even know where Cuba is?
Huck still thinks we went into Iraq because they had WMDs and if we look a little harder we'll find them
Hucklebum forgets that what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
This idiot is a total jerk.
To: Ash, pls don't sleep while the preacher preaches, YOU WILL MISS THE POINT!!!!
"Cuban-Americans … who obviously don't often consider themselves Americans first …"
Hey Alice Newman in Center Harbor, NH:
What's obvious is that you've never met a Cuban-American.
Huckster's integrity as a christian is intact as long as there is no takers no matter what. Otherwise, it's for sale to the highest bidder.
How does it feel when you walk up and down the proverbial street waiting for a taker?
Huckabee is a man of honour.If he wins the GOP & presidential race, it will be because he honour his country and his God.If he loses, he will lose with honour.
What utter hypocrisy! The Republicans have pandered to Southern rednecks with their constant fearmongering about Mexican immigrants. Why is it acceptable to Huckabee for Cubans to come into our country? Yes. I know there is a separate law for Cubans, but let's ask why. Why is it that we have a trade ban for Cuba, but none for Vietnam or "Red China?" Take away the Cuban vote in Florida and you would see an end to these silly distinctions. What do you expect from a Southern Baptist snake oil salesman who disclaims Evolution?
Under the Cuban Adjustment Act, people from Cuba get special rights, special privileges and special advantages which no other immigrant on earth gets: automatic admission into the United States.
If you're Mexican, you take your chances and cross through the deadly desert of the 2,000-mile border separating your country from the United States. If you're from Haiti, your best hope is that the Coast Guard gets so absorbed in processing other refugees that you can escape before the rifles come out and they start target practicing on your shabby dinghy.
But, if you're from Cuba and can get your foot on American soil, your citizenship is virtually instantaneous.
This acts as a powerful "pull factor" encouraging Cubans to try to come to the United States. Imagine if all Mexicans knew they would get to stay knowing they would be granted immediate admission.
Equal rights for all, not special rights for a politically-connected minority.
Guess Huckabee didn't steal Paul's plan on this one
Candidates are now competing to be the best at flip-flopping.
Hey Mike, you'll say anything to get a vote...