ABC News’ Kevin Chupka Reports: Campaigning in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood Friday, Former Gov. Mike Huckabee detoured slightly from his assertion that the U.S. should end immigration from countries on the State Department’s "State Sponsors of Terrorism" list.
Cuba is one of the countries on the list, along with Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
But while making a campaign stop at the famous Café Versailles restaurant in Little Havana, Huckabee assured an area filled with Cuban-immigrants that he didn’t mean them.
"There’s a different picture for Cuba because of our long history," Huckabee said, "we have a very distinct policy when it relates to Cuba, one that I think we should continue," he said. "That is, if you get a foot on dry soil you should be able to come here…the only logical place for a person to come if they are able to escape the tyranny of Cuba is here, and so I wouldn’t do anything to change that policy one iota."
That marks a slight detour from comments he made in South Carolina earlier this month.
"I say we ought to put a hiatus on people who come here and give them permits, if they come from countries that sponsor and harbor terrorists," he said on Jan. 18. "Let’s say until you get your act in order, and we get our act in order, we’re not going to just let you keep coming and threaten the future and safety of America."
Read more about Huckabee’s statements on restricting immigrants from states on the State Department’s list HERE.