Wisconsin’s Walker Admits Flip on Immigration

WASHINGTON — Gov. Scott Walker once envisioned a world where the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally could embark on a path to citizenship.

But now the Wisconsin Republican calls that position “amnesty” and says his view has changed.

“I don’t believe in amnesty,” Walker told “Fox News Sunday.” ”My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it. Candidates can say that.”

Walker, who emerged this past week in the top tier of potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, says the U.S. needs to secure the border and ultimately put in place “a legal immigration system that works.”

That means, in part, putting the onus on employers and getting them the tools to do that, like E-Verify, an existing federal program that allows businesses to check the immigration status of new hires, Walker said.

Walker told the Wausau, Wisconsin, Daily Herald newspaper in 2013 that “it makes sense” when he was asked whether he could see a world where “those people” could get citizenship, with the right penalties, waiting periods and requirements in place.

At the time, he supported a bipartisan approach to overhauling immigration, with people waiting to get citizenship having priority and others having a legal pathway to live here legally.

Walker also said Sunday that President Barack Obama or “anybody else who is willing to put their name on the ballot certainly has to have the love for country to do that”…

  • BillyHW

    It’s like they all took a stupid pill or something.

  • Dana Garcia

    You really have to beat these candidates with a stick to convince them that amnesty is BS and doesn’t work. They spend too much time around lying employers who want slave-cheap labor.


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  • Kat

    He’s gonna have to do a lot more than that to convince ME. Ted Cruz has never waivered.

  • Xavier

    Speaking of immigration:

    “Obama’s plan is to treat the “new Americans” as refugees as soon as amnesty is pushed through. Refugees are given an allowance, housing, food, medical care, education, and an immediate pathway to citizenship.”


    If accurate, it means any candidate’s immigration position is meaningless – the U.S. will have 15 million new citizens before the ’16 election. Which, of course, is the point: liberal voters.

  • Brett_McS

    Americans have been under the thrall of the ‘give me your tired masses’ trope for a long time. It’s not surprising that politicians are just waking up to the relatively recent change in sentiment. That said, I think Walker would be an excellent President. Cruz would be awesome, of course.