One of the first to denounce the move was fellow Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee. The governor described the bill was "inflammatory ... race-baiting and demagoguery." He said it is also "anti-life" because, he says, it would deny pre-natal benefits to illegal-alien mothers and therefore harm their newborns, who would be American citizens. The bill, Hackabee said, "inflames those who are racist and bigots and makes them think there's a real problem. But there's not."
Altes [GOP Sens. Jim Holt and Denny Altes sponsoring the bill] disagreed.
"This does not single anyone out except for those who are doing illegal things," the senator is quoted as saying. "It's a fairness issue."
Holt told the Arkansas paper the proposal is about justice, not discrimination.
"You don't want to seem like you hate anyone, but what it is is a matter of justice," he said. "People that are citizens don't like it if they can't receive benefits that illegals get."
Alia Vibe: ...And after all these years, and since CA's Prop 187 -- I'm seeing something I never saw before about this matter: Dems are terrified. They know Activists and Illegals themselves will subject Dem officeholders to a plethora of hardluck stories. That's why they hate this bill, and these like 'em. Dems don't have what it takes to say "NO" to potential voters, and possibly to those known for criminal activity? Hmm, Ethyl?