Unlike some of his fellow Republicans, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee isn’t a fan of Arizona’s tough new immigration law, which some would like to see adopted in Texas. States and localities shouldn’t have to do the feds’ job of protecting the borders, the former GOP presidential candidate said here yesterday. Previously he said that Hispanics are right to be “offended” at the prospect of being stopped indiscriminately in Arizona and asked for documentation.
In Dallas to address a pro-life dinner sponsored by the Missouri-based Vitae Foundation, Huckabee listened as a reporter pointed out that, under the new Arizona law, police have to have stopped a person for some legitimate apparent legal violation–they call it “lawful contact”–before asking for his or her immigation papers. So, what’s wrong with that? “If there’s probable cause, then I think they’re off the hook,” Huckabee said. “I still think there’s some concern that somebody could just come up and say, ‘Can I see your documents?’ “