Bloomberg Praises McCain, Huckabee on Immigration

Saturday, 23 Feb 2008 09:43 AM

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the Republican presidential candidates have been more supportive of immigration than the Democrats, according to a report in NY1.

Bloomberg singled out some Republican politicians for trying to move the country in a different direction.

"The ones who have stood out interestingly enough are three Republicans: [Arizona Senatior John] McCain, [former Arkansas Governor Mike] Huckabee, and President [George W.] Bush have all been much pro-immigration than the other candidates," said the mayor.

"Even after 9/11, when it would have been understandable for us to become fearful about the rest of the world, we have continued to welcome immigrants at a history-making pace," said Bloomberg. "And they have more than repaid us."

McCain has supported giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. It's a position that has drawn criticism from members of his own party.

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee, has adopted a tougher stance against illegal immigrants, in an attempt to win over conservative voters.

"Candidates are doing polls to find out where they stand, rather than doing polls to find out where the public stands," said the mayor.

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