3:58 PM 07/08/2015
Alex Pappas

If elected to the White House, Mike Huckabee says he would use “all powers of the presidency to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities,” among other executive orders to stop illegal immigration.

“The horrible policies that have created sanctuary cities are a symptom of President Obama’s broader policy decision to ignore existing laws and issue radical unconstitutional executive orders that provide amnesty to the most dangerous illegal aliens,” Huckabee said in a statement provided Wednesday to The Daily Caller.

Sanctuary cities — where federal immigration laws are intentionally not enforced by city officers — has become an issue over the last week after an illegal immigrant in San Francisco admitted to killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle as she walked along the city’s Pier 14. San Francisco is a so-called sanctuary city and the illegal immigrant had been deported several times.

“What most people don’t realize is that existing laws provide more than enough leeway for the executive branch to get the illegal immigration crisis under control,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor running for president, said he would “use my pen and my phone to follow the Constitution” and sign executive orders. That includes:

1. Ending Obama’s Catch and Release policy. This would increase arrests, detentions and deportations of illegal aliens, particularly those who have joined gangs and committed serious crimes against Americans.

2. Using all powers of the presidency to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and work with Congress to do the same.

3. Designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

4. Securing the border in the first year of my term.

5. Reversing President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

6. Making sure that left-wing activists in the Immigration Courts no longer undercut enforcement of immigration laws.