March 2, 2015
Border Security First
A Dream Follow-On
"First and foremost, you've got to secure that border..."
Fox News -- March 1, 2015
Walker: 'My view has changed' on immigration reform
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a presumptive 2016 Republican presidential candidate, says he has changed his immigration stance and no longer backs comprehensive reform that would allow illegal immigrants to be penalized but remain in the country.
“My view has changed,” Walker said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview taped Friday. “I'm flat out saying it.”
Walker in 2013 said a plan in which illegal immigrants can become United States citizens by first paying penalties and enduring a waiting period “makes sense.”
However, he is now saying such a plan is tantamount to amnesty, amid criticism that he has flip-flopped on that issue and others -- including right-to-work legislation in his home state.
“I don't believe in amnesty,” said Walker, who finished second Saturday in the Conservative Political Action Conference's straw poll for potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. “We need to secure the border. We ultimately need to put in place a system that works -- a legal immigration system that works.”
WALLACE: The question was, can you envision a world where if these people paid a penalty, that they would have a path to citizenship? And you said, sure, that makes sense.
WALKER: I believe there's a way that you can do that. First and foremost, you've got to secure that border or none of these plans make any sense.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
My Dream Follow-On
WALLACE: What do you mean by border security --- when no one gets across?
WALKER: Congress has defined Operational Control of the border as the prevention of all unlawful entries. -- We need a metric that tells us how well the Border Patrol is doing in that regard and then set a specific goal to be met before any legislation can be discussed.
WALLACE: Wow, you must have seen Spencer's video.