Skip to comments.Gov. Walker backs citizenship pathway for illegal immigrants
Posted on 11/17/2013 2:52:55 PM PST by SoConPubbie
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he supports a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally as part of an overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
"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 said Tuesday during an interview with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board of Wisconsin. "I want them here."
Walker was then asked about the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The editorial board asked if he could "envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?"
"Sure," Walker responded. "I mean I think it makes sense."
Walker's comments came roughly a week after the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform proposal that includes a pathway to citizenship.
The proposal strengthens border security along the U.S.-Mexico border by doubling the length of fencing across the border and also doubling the number of border patrol agents. Walker said he had not fully reviewed the Senate bill and has not taken a position on the legislation.
Walker's comments separate him from some conservative House lawmakers who have said they cannot support the Senate immigration reform bill because it includes a pathway to citizenship.
"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," Walker 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" of immigrants living in the country illegally.
Walker is not the only prominent Wisconsin Republican to support immigration reform. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has also called for his chamber to pass an immigration overhaul. Ryan recently said the Senate bill's enhanced border security measures make the proposal more likely to pass the House.
"I think that, that passing makes this final passage more likely," Ryan said in late June.
Off my short list
No wonder he loves Paul Ryan.
Where is the fence to the north Scott?
Who’s paying for the fence to the south Scott?
Shut up and sit down.
Double the border fence.
Try to figure out a way to handle fines and illegals already here.
Hasn’t read Senate bill.
Yeah, let’s him away.
Well Scott, the very first thing they will do is vote you out of office.
“doubling the length of fencing”
No. A 25 foot high hardened concrete wall, with lots and lots of razor wire and sensors. From the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
Where’s the (patrolled) Fence?
I sent this guy money. I was happy until now. I’m glad I have put off donating again.
Why would he alienate his only supporters!? Sold his soul to GOPe?
If they used all the money the 0bam’s have spent on themselves, we could have had a big ass fence by now.
Why is this asshat even talking about this crap?
Obama wants to trot out immigration reform right now and he cant do it because we have him buried with Obamacare, and here comes Walker...
“Say.. let’s discuss Immigration reform”
Bite me Scott.
“Off my short list”
Ditto from here.
Have them build high capacity, minimum-comfort prisons in rural North Dakota. Place them in said prisons.
The point of running a midwest governor is to get white turnout in the midwest not for him to shoot his mouth off about issues he has less experience in.
Why do Luis Guiterrez’s constituents love big government and gun control?
I dont think his union busting is a big plus or minus for the presidential election. It is just an adequate job like Christie has done on some issues. Because Christie is handsome and fat; and Walker is hated on by horrible liberals they become giants.
Id like to see Grassley and King as Senate Leader and Speaker to get the Iowa vote.
If McConnell is gone Sessions or Grassley should be the leader.
Reagan made the same blunder (sigh).
If he hasnt already he needs to walk that statment back or he can forget about my vote. I thought he would be my no. 1 pick.
That should do it, kiss of death for everyone that was posted last time.
"Dear Lord, This has been a tough four to five years. You have taken my favorite actor Patrick Swayze. My favorite musician Michael Jackson. My favorite Blues Singer Amy Winehouse. My favorite actress Elizabeth Taylor. My favorite singer Whitney Houston. And now my favorite author Tom Clancy! I just wanted you to know that my favorite politicians are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. Amen."
" In church I heard a sweet elderly lady in the pew next to me saying a prayer. It was so innocent and sincere that I just have to share it with you:
This has been a tough four to five years. You have taken my favorite actor Patrick Swayze. My favorite musician Michael Jackson. My favorite Blues Singer Amy Winehouse. My favorite actress Elizabeth Taylor. My favorite singer Whitney Houston. And now my favorite author Tom Clancy!
I just wanted you to know that my favorite politicians are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.
Reagan opened Pandoras box with this shit.
There was no internet news or Talk Radio for Reagan to become more informed on the issue.
By the 1990s members of the GOP were well aware of the mistake.
These idiots are proposing a disaster they have seen before and would take them 5 minutes of internet research to understand.
The list is getting shorter and shorter.
What is it with politicians?
There was a time when a pol who went against his electorate would face an old fashioned tar and feathering.
I think when he talks about illegal immigrants, he actually means us people trying to escape the Peoples Republic of Illinois.
Reagan really opened it up.
Ronnies heart was in the right place but it is FUBAR. Ronnie said it was to be ONE Time, well now it is ALL the time!
Look, we ALL abide by the same laws.
Amnesty or giving one group different laws than the others results in a break down of law.
It is legal chaos.
The editorial board asked if he could "envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?"
"Sure," Walker responded. "I mean I think it makes sense."
Seriously, what is the alternative...?
Deport all of them...Huh, that's not going to happen, even if we could it's not feasible...
It's easy to rant and rave about illegals. I'm one of them...but that doesn't solve the problem...
A form of pathway makes sense if done right, but first build a real fence, cut off all benefits, deport the scumbags and criminals...
Do that and many will self deport...the rest who are here to work and make this place a better place, give them a green card for three years...become a citizen by regular means or out the door you go...
You can not deny that Reagan opened that door, and he did not have a contingency plan.
“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,”
Me too Governor-—as long as they come here legally.
If they sneak in they should be sent back to where they came from.
The dam pubes do this repeatedly, and never learn that it does nothing for A-N-Y-O-N-E, especially the pubes party!
The article is bunk from the Hill. And why is this article dated from July being posted now??
“But Walker’s actual comments - made in a webcast with Politico in D.C. - were ambiguous on what has been the most contentious question in the broad immigration debate: the status of millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. Walker never mentioned citizenship in his comments.
Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-clarifies-his-stance-in-illegal-immigration-debate-lm8vluj-194096481.html#ixzz2kwrKvYkA
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Is it any different than Ted Cruz’s legislation??
Sen. Ted Cruz also supports temporary legalization status in the immigration bill”
Because "you" didn't produce enough future workers to pay for all of the benefits that "you" expect to collect. They can either cut "your" benefits after which "you" will replace them with leaders who will restore "your" benefits, or they can import a workforce to pay for "your" benefits.
I'm not saying it's right, but that's how it is.
Congrats on spreading a false story!
“Walker never mentioned citizenship in his comments.”
Perhaps you should read up on how similar the legislation Ted Cruz introduced to congress is.
First time I felt like the governor thing was the way to go, we got that POS from Georgia. That was the expensive cost of tuition for my political education. In my view, the next governor elected POTUS did much better. Scott leans more to the former than the later. Next...
I understand that Reagan had failsafes, but thy have NEVER been implemented!
If you want to buy into false stories, that’s up to you.
The story is a joke and SoCon has to go back to July but enjoy your name calling. Walker has enough integrity, I don’t think he needs any voters that engage in 3rd grade name calling.
The 6 month article that you are posting has been refuted.
His views are no different than Cruz’ legislation that would offer permanent residency.
If SoConPubbie wishes to be dishonest, then so be it.
The Journal Sentinel states:
” Walker never mentioned citizenship in his comments.”
Since that original “Amnesty”
Immigration reform has become the equivalent of Amnesty.
Every freekin time.
The illegals are here to stay and there should be no doubt about that. So what do we do with them? And lets quit this simple minded crap about sending them back, it cannot be done! So grow up and lets come up with practical real solutions. The border should have been closed but over the years those we trusted both Democrats and Republicans screwed us.
I got no issue with immigration.
We are a nation of immigrants.
I just hate this grey/gray mumbo jumbo
Immigration reform does not equate to Amnesty for one group.
How feasible do you think those points are?...they look great on paper, but politically speaking, pretty tough to implement even with a majority in the both houses of Congress...
Big business wants illegals to keep wages down...they own many congress critters on the right
Don't by into the left-wing media and corporate controlled GOP-E spin. It's not true.
LOL...Seriously, you think I do?
Incomplete facts perhaps, but should Reagan not have known that the law enforcement provisions would be ignored? There was no dearth of evidence back then that the Democrat party of Henry Jackson and Hubert Humphrey had been vanquished by the Democrat party of Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neil. I have the same reverence for Reagan that most conservatives do, but I do wish that he had the same wariness of the homegrown left that he did of the international left. There are also times that I wonder If he really understood the level of duplicity and cravenness that existed in his own party.
Yo Scotty! They aren’t after “citizenship.” They’re after U.S. dollars and government handouts. Comprende?
You can not seal the border via the Fed
1% of land in Texas is federal land.
That means 99%of Texas is PRIVATE land.
Now here come some asshats in Virginia telling us what to do.
That aint gonna wash.
Texas would be happy to patrol its own fence line and we do.
But her comes some jackass in DC that say we can’t deport the “Guest worker”
It Is Maddening! let the states have rights!
Give CITIZENS rights over Illegals.