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Huckabee: Deporting Every Illegal Immigrant ‘Not Realistic,’ Needs To Be ‘Penalty’

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee argued that it’s “not realistic” to deport every illegal immigrant, and “There’s got to be some kind of process” with a penalty on Wednesday’s “Mornings with Maria” on the Fox Business Network.

Huckabee said, [relevant remarks begin around 5:10] “we have to secure the border. We have to take the economic advantage out of the illegal immigration equation, which is what I think the Fair Tax does, but securing the border means do what we did in San Diego 20 years ago with a double fence, add the personnel and the electronic surveillance. It cut the apprehensions by 95% and crime in San Diego — violent crime went down 54%. So we know what works, let’s do it. As far as the 11 million, I don’t believe in amnesty, but neither do I believe in trying to pretend we’re going to fix that until we first show Americans that we’re serious about securing the border.”

After host Maria Bartiromo stated, “But you can’t just get them and ship them out.” Huckabee said, “No I don’t think that that’s realistic. … But neither can you just say, ‘Hey, everything’s cool, we’re fine, and we’re not going to make you pay a fine.'” Huckabee continued that paying a fine is “part of deal. You to have a penalty. There’s got to be some kind of process. And here’s the other piece of that, fix the system so that when people do want to emigrate here, legally, it doesn’t take eighteen years and thousands of dollars worth of paperwork.”

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