Huck on Bhutto: More illegals come from Pakistan than from any eastern country

posted at 5:10 pm on December 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

Nuance.

On Thursday night he told reporters in Orlando, Fla.: “We ought to have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our borders and particularly to make sure if there’s any unusual activity of Pakistanis coming into the country.”

On Friday, in Pella, Iowa, he expanded on those remarks.

“When I say single them out I am making the observation that we have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities except those immediately south of the border,” he told reporters in Pella. “And in light of what is happening in Pakistan it ought to give us pause as to why are so many illegals coming across these borders.”

True? Why, no. According to DHS by way of the NYT, more come from several far eastern countries. When pressed, Huck claimed that 660 Pakistanis crossed the border last year, a figure his campaign said came from a newspaper report. The only thing I can find on Google is this old Denver Post article, which gives the same number but specifies that that was the total from 2002 to 2005. In fact, per the CNN piece, DHS nabbed 721 Pakistanis just last year. But as of 2005, Pakistan didn’t even rank among the top 10 nations of origin.

The media’s covering this with surprising attentiveness, doubtless not so much because of Huck’s shakiness on the facts than his audacious suggestion that people hailing from the nation where the “real terrorists” are and behaving unusually might warrant a bit of extra scrutiny. Oh well. If that’s what it takes to get them off the Huck bandwagon, so be it. Attack, media! Attack like the wind!

Your quote of the day, from CNN’s senior political analyst no less, dismissing the suggestion that Huck’s string of Pakistan gaffes might hurt him: “Mike Huckabee is a populist. His comments on Pakistan reflect a populist understanding of the crisis, which, is to say, not much.” Viva populism!


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Sheesh, Huck just can’t get anything right, can he?

Vanceone on December 28, 2007 at 5:13 PM

“[W]e have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities except those immediately south of the border.” -Huck

Quick! Give them tuition breaks to Arkansas colleges, Huck!

aero on December 28, 2007 at 5:14 PM

And yet Iowans love the guy. Wtf?!?

davenp35 on December 28, 2007 at 5:14 PM

Won’t you be my neighbor

tomas on December 28, 2007 at 5:17 PM

if it weren’t for oil and geo-politics, immigration to most if not all middle eastern countries other than Israel would be cut off. atleast thats what we did during WW2 and WW1. It would also require naming Islam our enemy, something the country isn’t ready to do unfortunately.

jp on December 28, 2007 at 5:18 PM

A Huck-a-nalysis:

Good! ==> Unlike some of the major candidates (all but one), Huck isn’t afraid to call ‘em as he sees ‘em. He’ll answer any question, jump right into the facts, get to the meat of the issue, and won’t quibble or equivocate. He’ll tell you what he knows. Or what he thinks he knows. Or what he thinks he knows he heard some guy said on the Internet.

Bad! ==> He gets all the facts wrong.

Oh well. Nobody’s perfect.

Professor Blather on December 28, 2007 at 5:21 PM

awww shucks

tomas on December 28, 2007 at 5:22 PM

… have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities except those immediately south of the border …

Huck misspoke. He meant to say they’re coming across our eastern border with Afghanistan …

paul006 on December 28, 2007 at 5:24 PM

This moron just says whatever comes to his tiny little mind.

If the Republicans nominate this fool, we deserve to be on the short end of 1984 type whooping.

Drew on December 28, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Don’t Pakistanis believe Satan is Jesus’s brother? Pretty sure I heard that…

Vizzini on December 28, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Is Huckabee getting foreign policy advice from Miss Teen South Carolina ?

elgeneralisimo on December 28, 2007 at 5:26 PM

Come for the benefits offered to illegals, stay for the pardons.
Hux gotcha covered,dudes!

bbz123 on December 28, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Is Huckabee getting foreign policy advice from Miss Teen South Carolina ?

And such.

paul006 on December 28, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Is he saying they can’t have in-state tuition?

TexasDan on December 28, 2007 at 5:36 PM

He’s really Bush-like
He just opens his mouth and stupid stuff keeps pouring out

Defector01 on December 28, 2007 at 5:41 PM

Is Huckabee getting foreign policy advice from Miss Teen South Carolina ?

elgeneralisimo on December 28, 2007 at 5:26 PM

Quite possibly! Politico just posted a story showing that John Bolton says he is NOT advising Huckabee despite Huckabee’s claims. The fun never ends for this guy!

davenp35 on December 28, 2007 at 5:41 PM

Politico just posted a story showing that John Bolton says he is NOT advising Huckabee despite Huckabee’s claims. The fun never ends for this guy!

davenp35 on December 28, 2007 at 5:41 PM

Maybe he thinks he’s running for Governor circa 2002?

Vizzini on December 28, 2007 at 5:49 PM

Keep on talking Huckstabee. Keep on flapping your mouth.

mram on December 28, 2007 at 5:49 PM

I think the problem with team Huckabee is that they need maps. Of places like the Iraq. Such as.

Seriously, is Miss Carolina the proofreading expert for Team Huckabee or what?

Tman on December 28, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Huckabee is stuck on stupid. Hopefully, he will go away soon.

katieanne on December 28, 2007 at 5:51 PM

Damn, paul 006 beat me to it.

Such as.

Tman on December 28, 2007 at 5:51 PM

[davenp35 on December 28, 2007 at 5:41 PM]

Yes, but did Bolton have breakfast with Huck and did Huck pick up the tab? (No fair asking what year.)

Dusty on December 28, 2007 at 6:16 PM

He’s really Bush-like
He just opens his mouth and stupid stuff keeps pouring out

Defector01 on December 28, 2007 at 5:41 PM

Are you kidding? He makes Bush look like Socrates.

Jaibones on December 28, 2007 at 6:27 PM

He’s really Bush-like
He just opens his mouth and stupid stuff keeps pouring out

Defector01 on December 28, 2007 at 5:41 PM

While there are many things about Bush that have disappointed me, I’ll take his foreign policy acumen over that of Huckabee any day of the week.

thirteen28 on December 28, 2007 at 6:44 PM

“We ought to have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our borders and particularly to make sure if there’s any unusual activity of Pakistanis coming into the country.”

Is he saying we should closely monitor the border and detain Pakistanis but let everyone else across?

Resolute on December 28, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Is it me or does this guy seem wrong for America ? ?

Texyank on December 28, 2007 at 8:55 PM

This guy seems wrong to manage the planning of a dinner party for 12 people let alone lead a superpower.

deepdiver on December 28, 2007 at 10:31 PM

Are you kidding? He makes Bush look like Socrates.

Jaibones on December 28, 2007 at 6:27 PM

Yeah, and that’s saying something. God help us if this clown wins.

Bad Candy on December 28, 2007 at 11:11 PM

Huck loves Jesus. Isn’t that enough??

awake on December 29, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Dude…anyone could tell you the Philippines outweighs that number by FAR. Oh Huck…how you suck.

CTDeLude on December 29, 2007 at 12:54 AM

Here’s what the Huckster deserves to face.

profitsbeard on December 29, 2007 at 1:15 AM

Is Huckabee getting foreign policy advice from Miss Teen South Carolina ?

elgeneralisimo on December 28, 2007 at 5:26 PM

Ha!!! I think you’re right.

right2bright on December 29, 2007 at 9:54 AM

Huckabee: Billy’s replacement (replicant) in Arkansasssssss.

This story helps to explain my repulsion to the man who looks like Tricky Dick but has none of the mental acuity.
Too bad Duncan Hunter didn’t get some of the mis-placed attention that Huck got, but then again, if Hunter caught fire, they wouldn’t have been able to stop the force of a true conservative leader…Maybe in 2012 this country will be ready for the real thing.

Christine on December 29, 2007 at 2:26 PM

If his ignorant gaffs stun you now, just wait for his jdam sized gaffs once elected. So far, he’s gotten the soft petal from the press….there will be no Press Sec. on the planet that can explain away his lack of abilities needed to hold the office. Republicans must consider who they’d want with their finger on the most destructive button known to man…some glib/jolly guy that had a radio ministry, then a large church, then held the office of governor of one of the poorest states and proceeded to tax that same group of people into abject poverty. Or, a candidate that is able to sit at the table with other world leaders as an equal? Believe me, the Democrats are asking that of their candidates.

We have to get this election right. The alternative is a thing of nightmares.

24K lady on December 29, 2007 at 6:52 PM