Huckabee Discusses Immigration Reform, Gun Rights in South Carolina

SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CDT

LEXINGTON, SC - Governor Huckabee told a group of South Carolina Republicans yesterday that the federal government has done a "lousy job" protecting America's borders because the country lacks a practical way to let people in legally.

When people say illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans, Huckabee said he asks them to name someone "who cannot get a job because a Mexican illegally here has taken the job they want."

The speech was one of several South Carolina stops the potential presidential contender planned for yesterday and today.

Today, Governor Huckabee will raise money for Karen Floyd, the GOP nominee for state education superintendent.  Huckabee says he will wait until after he leaves office in January to decide whether to run for president in 2008.

Responding to an audience question, Governor Huckabee said he would support a national "right to carry" bill that would require states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued by other states.

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