Mike Huckabee said on last night’s “The Kelly File” that he would cut off funding to all “sanctuary cities” if elected president.
So-called “sanctuary cities” are places within the United States where the government does not crack down on illegal immigration.
Huckabee said that President Barack Obama should stop discretionary funding to these “sanctuary cities” as it relates to law enforcement. He also called on the president to reverse his executive order on illegal immigration and to name Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
“We’ve got to separate the good people who come here for opportunity versus the people who keep coming back through the porous border,” Huckabee said.
The 2016 presidential contender’s remarks came on the heels of the murder of 32-year-old Kate Steinle at the hands of an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. Huckabee said that Steinle was the same age as his own daughter.
“That could have been my daughter,” Huckabee said. “It could be the daughter of a lot of people in this country, and they need to realize that she’s dead because we have not just done the simple, most fundamental thing that a country’s supposed to do, and that’s control its borders.”
Huckabee stressed that his statements aren’t anti-immigrant.
“Every human being has a right to live without being murdered in cold blood in her father’s arms,” he said.
Huckabee charged Democrats with “playing talking points” on this issue whenever they claim that such tragedies could be avoided with comprehensive immigration reform.
He also said that the White House is “running from responsibility” by declining to comment on Steinle’s death, instead referring media inquiries to the Department of Homeland Security.