One issue which is sure to be a hot-button throughout the 2016 primaries, and the general election, is immigration reform. Some Republicans, such as Jeb Bush, have staked out a more moderate position, expressing support for plans which create a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally. However, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) has now offered details of a plan which would not offer citizenship, and instead focuses on “protecting American workers,” according to Walker.

Report from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

In the wake of criticism that he has flip-flopped over illegal immigration, Gov. Scott Walker is now wading into the issue of legal immigration.

In an interview with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on Monday, the Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate was asked about his shifting position on immigration.

Walker repeated his recent comments that he used to support “amnesty,” or a path to citizenship for immigrants in the United States illegally, but does not anymore, saying he’s since learned more about the issue.

In the past, the governor has focused most of his comments on illegal immigration. But in his interview with Beck, Walker also waded into the issue of legal immigration, and suggested that he supports limiting that, too, in an effort to protect American workers.

“In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying we will make adjustments,” Walker said. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.

“Because the more I’ve talked to folks — I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today — is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.”

“It defies reason to argue that the record admission of new foreign workers has no negative effect on the wages of American workers, including the wages of past immigrants hoping to climb into the middle class.”

In his Beck interview, Walker also repeated his recent comments that people in the country illegally should return to their countries of origin first, which has drawn criticism over comparisons to former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying he supported “self-deportation.”

“No amnesty, if someone wants to be a citizen, they have to go back to their country of origin and get in line behind everybody else who’s been waiting,” Walker said.

This is one of those issues that will be a litmus test, in my opinion, within the Republican primary. The term “amnesty” is going to be tossed around like a profanity and if it sticks to a candidate, they’re going to have issues moving forward, just ask the “absolutely shocked” Eric Cantor.

Walker has dabbled in a moderate stance so he’s coming out strong now to make up for it. Jeb Bush plans to own the moderate view, with hopes of consolidating the establishment business community, while the other candidates squirm somewhere in between.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Walker is a liar. He still wants to keep all the illegal aliens here. And we can prove it.

      • Walker has consistently maintained his position: illegal aliens can stay here. Go to our fb page /tpimmigrationcoalition then look under the NOTES section for his public statements. Then look at the GOP and Chamber of Commerce plot to give permanent residency to all 35 to 50 million illegals! And they don’t call that amnesty.his is part of a huge plot by the Chamber of Commerce to destroy America as we know it.The plot goes like this: Since the Chamber lost a major battle in the Supreme Court a few years ago when the Court ruled that States could enact and enforce certain immigration related laws, the Chamber went full tilt with its plan to destroy America. First of all, they tried unsuccessfully to pass federal legislation that would take away the rights granted by the Supreme Court ruling. Second, and this is by far the more important area, they began to enlist the various state chambers of commerce to get two or three types of bills passed in every state legislature; 1. Driver’s licenses for illegals. This would also give the illegals the ability to vote. 2. In state tuition for illegal alien invaders.
        3. Voting rights for the invaders
        4. Stop any efforts to enact and enforce E Verify
        5. Enhance Welfare benefits for invaders
        6. Allow invaders to serve on juries.
        They have had much success across the nation. Formerly conservative states like Georgia have adopted legislation favoring illegal alien invaders. Which leads us to ,2017. Because the states have thus acted, this gives the GOP Controlled Congress political cover to give a form of amnesty in 2017! ! ! ! ! ! They can say, “Well, the States have given all sorts of indications that “undocumented individuals” are okay with them, so we might as well make it official” And that is the plan or plot, if you will.Subject: Re: Comment on Scott Walker offers details on immigration platform

  2. Governor Scott Walker has put his state of Wisconsin on the oldest con system of Cash Accounting, the now you see it…now you don’t. Cash Accounting tells you the balance in the State of Wisconsin’s bank account the day you look at it. It doesn’t take into account any of your future debt obligations. If your bank account shows a Negative $158 million balance. No problem for Scott Walker. He borrow $558 million and puts it in the State’s account. Not only did he just “erase” the $158 million negative balance, but now he has a $400 million “surplus.” That’s what Walker did when he took out $558 million in 20 year loans from May 2011 to March 2012. Future governors and the citizens of Wisconsin will have to figure out how to repay his folly. Plus Walker has $2.05 billion in new loans approved for his 2013/15 budget (with an estimated $600K in interest).

    As governor, Scott Walker rejected the Menominee tribe’s for the Kenosha Casino that would have led to billions of dollars in economic gain for Wisconsin. In South Carolina ,Walker campaigned on his job creation, neglecting to tell that Wisconsin is 38th in the nation for job creation.

    Walker changed his stance on immigration at least three times. Now, he’s on the bully trail…throw them all out now. Walker professes they are taking good paying jobs from Americans. He should know the
    secret because he did that himself in Minnesota. Not only does it confirm why he is a college dropout but shows that the average citizens is much more versed in the Constitution than Scott Walker.

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