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Mike Huckabee to Congress: Do Your Job and Hold Obama Accountable to the Constitution

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 12:00 PM

Members of Congress are sworn in to uphold the Constitution, and Mike Huckabee told Newsmax TV Wednesday that he doesn't understand why they aren't doing that when it comes to President Barack Obama and his executive order on immigration.

"What the president did was illegal and unconstitutional," the former Arkansas governor said in an interview with J.D. Hayworth, Miranda Khan and Larry Elder on "America's Forum."

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"When I hear somebody say, 'Well, we have to fund this [the Department of Homeland Security] because it's our constitutional duty,' I want to scream out and say, 'It's your constitutional duty to hold the president accountable to the Constitution, for heaven's sake.'"

Last Friday, Congress passed a last-minute bill to continue DHS funding for another week, after House conservatives wanted to reject a funding bill that did not contain language fighting Obama's amnesty plan.

But on Tuesday, Congress ended the showdown, with House Speaker John Boehner allowing the chamber to vote to fund the agency through September.

The House passed the measure 257-167, after Boehner agreed to Democrat demands to take up a Senate-passed bill that doesn't reverse Obama's November orders on immigration. Boehner voted for the measure.

The vote has left Huckabee wondering why he worked so hard last year and spent "quite a bit" of money in his and his wife's accounts, as well as through his political action committee, to help Republicans win the Senate majority and to increase their numbers in the House, if "they're not going to do anything differently than they did when they were the absolute minority."

"I just don't understand what's the point of getting Republicans elected if they're not going to do the duty that they have constitutionally, and that is to be a second branch of government to provide the checks and balances to the unlawful actions of this president," said Huckabee.

The difference between this battle and past battles is that, this time, lawmakers are dealing with a "truly constitutional crisis," unlike a political or legislative dispute, said the former governor in response to a question on whether Republicans passed the funding bill out of fear of media backlash.

"Now we're dealing with something that goes to the heart of the Constitution," Huckabee said. "Members of Congress are not sworn in to make sure that they don't offend the media; members of Congress are sworn in to make sure that they uphold the Constitution."

And when there are constitutional violations involved, said Huckabee, "Congress has a duty, an obligation, a moral obligation to do the job they're getting paid to do. And if they're not going to do it, then resign. Let somebody go up there and take the heat from the media."

Overall, when it comes to immigration, Huckabee said the simple answer to a complex question is to "secure the border," as "without a secure border, nothing else matters."

The big question, though, is not about who is coming across the border, but why they are coming, he said.

"If they're coming because they love America, want to build America, speak the language and be part of us, that's one thing," he said. "If they're coming to get free benefits, I'm sorry, we need to meet you at the secure door and say [that] it's probably not a good fit."

Huckabee, who expects to announce his campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination this spring, said he would not sign a bill giving amnesty to those who entered the country wrongly, as "that's illegal."

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