March 28, 2015
Want Real Immigration Law Enforcement?
"Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the only declared candidate so far,
has kept a fairly consistent tough line on the issue."
Associated Press -- March 28, 2015
Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders
Denver -- Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it's becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.
Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as "a real trial for me."
Others, too, have shifted on the matter.
Now it's oops for Walker.
In 2013, Walker said it "makes sense" to offer a way to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports "amnesty."
Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. One of them, state leader Jennifer Horn, says that Walker favored legal status, a position many conservatives equate with "amnesty."
Worse for Walker, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that he actually said he favored a path to citizenship, though Horn denies Walker said that.
Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has a strong voice - and a book - on immigration, has wiggled.
Rubio and Walker are not alone in embracing an immigration overhaul at some point. But doing so raises the specter of "amnesty" in the minds of those who want people unlawfully in the country to be given no relief from the threat of deportation.
"All the candidates have mixed statements - they have statements that seem to support amnesty and they all have ones that seem to oppose it," said Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, which seeks to reduce immigration. "They're torn between the big-money people who gain from high immigration and the voters who oppose it." [...]
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the only declared candidate so far, has kept a fairly consistent tough line on the issue.