Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supports path to citizenship
July 3rd, 2013
02:11 PM ET
10 months ago

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker supports path to citizenship

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he supported the immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week, although he indicated it doesn't go far enough.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Daily Herald media editorial board, Walker acknowledged the dependency of Wisconsin farms on migrant workers, many of them undocumented. He argued against currently onerous challenges for workers to come to the United States legally.

"If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don't care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else," Walker told the editorial board. "I want them here."

While the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed immigration reform last week 68-32, the bill, which would create a 13-year path to citizenship and double border security, faces a much harder fight in the House of Representatives. A number of conservative GOP leaders have criticized the path to citizenship as amnesty that rewards lawbreakers.

Immigration reform in the House looks uncertain as lawmakers quarrel

The GOP has said the bill would need "triggers" where the government could move to begin granting legal status to the undocumented only when there were guarantees that the border was secure.

Walker, who has been named as a possible 2016 presidential contender, has changed his stance on immigration over the years. According to the Daily Herald, during his 2010 gubernatorial bid he said he would support legislation allowing police to stop those they suspected were illegal immigrants. Two years later, he no longer supported such a bill.

Today, Walker believes the path to citizenship should be easier, not harder. "Not only do they need to fix things for people already here, or find some way to do it, there's got to be a larger way to fix the system in the first place," he said. "Because if it wasn't so cumbersome, if there wasn't such a long wait, if it wasn't so difficult to get in, we wouldn't have the other problems that we have (with people living here illegally)."


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  1. Sniffit

    I support Walker's pathway out of office. Get rid of this Koch brothers' sycophant puppet, WI.

    July 3, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You're on the right side of the issue Walker, however, it won't help you in 2016 if that's what you're thinking. I still have your "divide & destroy" comments still fresh in my memory and the protests to have you recalled.

    July 3, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Wow!

    Clearly from the Establishment, pro-business wing of the party (of course, his union-busting already established that).

    Still like the guy, "tea partiers"?

    July 3, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "Walker, who has been named as a possible 2016 presidential contender, has changed his stance on immigration over the years."
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    Oh, he'd be perfect. All of those tax breaks and spending cuts that he enacted has left Wisconsin a disaster zone.

    July 3, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Uh oh, which one of the Koch brothers is going to shut off their teets to Walker?

    July 3, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Scott supports a path, ANY path, that will make him sound like a viable contender for 2016.
    He also supports a path, ANY path that his puppet masters the Koch brothers tell him to SAY he supports.
    The Koch brothers want to be president and the only way they can be President, just like Cheney, is if they put their boy in the oval office.
    Scott is that boy.
    Don't fall asleep at the wheel Wisconsin.
    You all need to remember who the hell you're dealing with here.

    July 3, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Greg in Arkansas

    Wonder how he would feel if the undocumented workers formed a union...???

    July 3, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Does no one else remember that most embarrassing conversation that sycophant Scott thought he was having with one of the Koch brothers? Of course he was duped as he wasn't talking to a Koch at all, but he thought he was. Someone taped it and replayed it. They were offering to bring in muscle if he needed it to bust things up. He demured.
    This all took place during that time that the 995ers and half of Wisconsin camped out at the state capitol to protest what he was doing with the unions.

    July 3, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Gop usa

    Of course Walker supports it.......he is a sellout like Rubio and the other 14 gop traitors..........Walker wants cheap labor at the cost of the Wisconsin people. I live in Wisconsin and will not support him or any gop that agrees with his methods. Illegal Mexicans deserve only one thing,and that's deportation

    July 3, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    99%ers not 995ers. Pardon.

    July 3, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You're on the right side of the issue Walker, however, it won't help you in 2016 if that's what you're thinking. I still have your "divide & destroy" comments still fresh in my memory and the protests to have you recalled.
    ---------–
    Obama made similar "divide and conquer" statements. That bothered you as well?

    July 3, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Lisa P.

    "Because if it wasn't so cumbersome, if there wasn't such a long wait, if it wasn't so difficult to get in, we wouldn't have the other problems that we have..."

    Funny that when it comes to voting Scott Walker is mainly interested in making the system more cumbersome, the waits longer and "getting in" more difficult for those that don't happen to have the right ID, or move frequently, or depend on others to get around, or work during the hours that the polls are open. In fact it seems to me that Scott Walker is none too fond of the citizens that we already have, at least when it comes to those who might disagree with him *and* exercise their right to vote. Makes me wonder what kind of restrictions he'd like to put on all those new "citizens" that he is so eager to see come here and work for low wages, no benefits and no employment protections beyond the legal minimum (which, admittedly, is still more protection than current undocumented workers enjoy).

    July 3, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You're on the right side of the issue Walker, however, it won't help you in 2016 if that's what you're thinking. I still have your "divide & destroy" comments still fresh in my memory and the protests to have you recalled.
    ---–
    Obama made similar "divide and conquer" statements. That bothered you as well?
    ************
    Walker literally said it, you interpreted Obama as having said it. Big difference.

    July 3, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. tom l.

    Why is it okay for our President to make statements that are so divisive like "punish your enemies and reward your friends" and you don't call HIM on it? Perspective is lacking with all of the lefties here.

    July 3, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Steveo

    Obama made similar "divide and conquer" statements. That bothered you as well?
    -----------------–
    Fibertarianism is alive and kicking. Then Sen. Obama made no such statements, nor any sense. Gov. Walker actually used the phrase "divide and destroy" in describing his policirs towards the public unions.

    July 3, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    I think it's a Guest Worker Program that is or is not needed. That way the wait wouldn't be so long or difficult. I think the people rejected that the last time. Any way you look at it, it is a mess. My guess nothing will change from the last time. If all the people that were waiting last time, about 7 years ago had went home, got in line they would be half way here by now. In the meantime about a million a year are becoming citizens, thru the front door.

    July 3, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l.

    Why is it okay for our President to make statements that are so divisive like "punish your enemies and reward your friends" and you don't call HIM on it? Perspective is lacking with all of the lefties here.
    *********
    In what context did he say it? Without proper context, the phrase can easily be misinterpreted. On the other hand, comments from the Right questioning the president's patriotism or appreciation for the opportunities this county offers fell like rain, and I don't recall you ever condemning them for going over the top when they took something grossly out of context. Examine your own perspective before attcking others.

    July 3, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l.

    Why is it okay for our President to make statements that are so divisive like "punish your enemies and reward your friends" and you don't call HIM on it? Perspective is lacking with all of the lefties here.
    *********
    In what context did he say it?
    ============================================
    If he ever said anything like that, then he was probably describing the Republicans or Wall Street.

    July 3, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Don't run for President.

    July 3, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Steveo

    @The Real Tom Paine

    -Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You're on the right side of the issue Walker, however, it won't help you in 2016 if that's what you're thinking. I still have your "divide & destroy" comments still fresh in my memory and the protests to have you recalled.
    -–
    Obama made similar "divide and conquer" statements. That bothered you as well?
    ************
    Walker literally said it, you interpreted Obama as having said it. Big difference.
    ----------–
    Actually you are correct. I stand corrected. The articles addressed percieved D and C Strategy not the literal words.

    July 3, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Data Driven

    Yeh, we don't Messicans becoming citizens, eh, Ray? Right through the front door, too, Lor' ha'mercy.

    July 3, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Former GOP

    ...Walker must have gotten a phone call from the Kochs TELLING him they need a ton of minimum wage hard workers very soon..........

    July 3, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Steveo

    Obama made similar "divide and conquer" statements. That bothered you as well?
    -----––
    Fibertarianism is alive and kicking. Then Sen. Obama made no such statements, nor any sense. Gov. Walker actually used the phrase "divide and destroy" in describing his policirs towards the public unions.
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    Must be nice to be perfect Rudy. What's your secret? P.S. Feel free to read my "I stand corrected" post to The Real Tom Paine. I am not perfect so I sometimes stand corrected.

    July 3, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. California

    Why do democrats HATE E-verify? It would make employers obey the law.

    July 3, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. $$$$

    Do any of you people have real jobs?

    July 3, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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