KEENE, N.H., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic Presidential
candidate Dennis Kucinich today accused Republican candidate Mike Huckabee
of using the tragic assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir
Bhutto to create anti-Pakistani fears in the U.S. and to advance his own
discriminatory immigration policies.
"I know I'm not running against Mike Huckabee," said Kucinich, who is
campaigning in New Hampshire, "but his remarks were so outrageous and so
representative of the scare tactics and fearmongering policies of the
current Republican administration that someone on the Democratic side of
this campaign needs to speak out."
Kucinich added, "To be silent would be the worst kind of betrayal of
the public trust that voters are being asked to invest in the Democratic
candidates. The other candidates may choose to focus on a narrower
political agenda, but Huckabee's statements are so egregiously provocative
and dangerous that they cannot be ignored."
In comments yesterday and today, Huckabee said the United States should
"have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our border, and particularly
to make sure, if there's any unusual activity of Pakistanis coming into the
country." When asked by reporters to expand on that statement, Huckabee
replied, "When I say single them out I'm making the observation that we
have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than of all other
nationalities except those immediately south of the border. And in light of
what's happening in Pakistan, it ought to give us pause as to why are so
many illegals coming across these borders."
Huckabee then added fuel to the fire that he himself ignited by adding,
"the fact is the immigration issue is not so much about people coming
across the border to pick lettuce or make beds, it's about people who can
come with a shoulder fired missile and can do serious damage and harm us."
"Implying that Pakistani immigrants, visitors, and even Pakistani
Americans should be singled out as potential terrorists is the kind of
unwarranted, unconscionable ethnic profiling and ethnic baiting that is the
hallmark of Republican thinking - in foreign policy, in immigration policy,
and in so-called homeland security policy. No racial, ethnic, or religious
group is safe from their audacious affronts to human decency and their
continued assaults on Constitutional liberties and protections," Kucinich
Earlier today, Kucinich called into question the foreign policy records
and judgments of the other Democratic candidates for President:
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