Walker: I support a path to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform

posted at 8:01 am on February 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If Scott Walker is thinking about seizing the momentum of his groundbreaking conservative reforms in Wisconsin to set himself up as a presidential candidate in 2016, you’d never guess it from his interview yesterday in a Politico conference. That’s not so much because of his position on immigration, which essentially supports that of Marco Rubio — a path to citizenship that puts normalized candidates at the back of the line — but from his suggestion of who would make a great candidate for the GOP in the next cycle.  But first, Governor Walker states that the entire immigration system is broken and badly needs reform to make it effective at attracting people to the US, and that normalization should be part of any reform effort:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that he supports a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants but said that people who are waiting in line should have “first preference.”

“You’ve got to find a way to say that people who are in line right now have first preference,” the Republican governor said at POLITICO’s third annual State Solutions Conference in Washington. …

“We just have a broken system. And to me, if somebody wants to come in and live the American dream and work hard … we should have a system that works and let’s people in,” Walker told POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin at the event.

Again, that’s the Rubio position, which doesn’t exactly represent the conservative wing of the GOP but has some significant traction among the general public.

What about 2016?  Walker declined to comment on his own prospects, but offered a suggestion about who might have the best credentials to run — except for the last name:

“I think it would have a major impact just because he’s a great performer. And I mean that in the best of sense,” Walker said. “You look at his two terms of governor of obviously a tremendously large and significant state — and he turned things around in terms of the economy… He’s got a great record of success.”

And if it wasn’t for his last name, Bush might’ve been talked up to run for president sooner.

“I think frankly in this election and in the past, if you took your finger and covered his last name and just talked about Jeb, there’d be a lot of us who would be talking about him running for president a lot sooner than now,” Walker said.

Walker also told Politico that he had no plans to follow up on his victory in PEU reform to pursue a broader right-to-work statute in Wisconsin, saying that he “essentially did it last time” in targeting just the public-employee unions where the problem is greatest.  Right now, Walker seems more concerned with his upcoming re-election bid in 2014 than in a 2106 bid for the top job, and wants to focus on assuring Wisconsin voters that a second term will chart a more bipartisan course.


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As if there are less people in US.

antisocial on February 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Will Ted Cruz run?

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Get everybody in… Jobs that Americans won’t do.

antisocial on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

We take in a million legal immigrants a year, more than any other country, but because we can’t take everyone our system is broken. What’s broken is our governments ability to enforce the law. That’s the only thing that’s broken.

DFCtomm on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

He will be Palinized… I would love him or Rand to run.

antisocial on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Politics does terrible things to people. It must really hurt to bite your lip and go against your deeply held beliefs just to get a vote.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

How was it that so many Mexicans have become US citizens? Oh yah! Because we ALREADY have a pathway for citizenship. It’s called immigration. Welcome to America amigos.

The illegals just want preferential treatment. America can’t be fair if it lets some Mexicans break the law while forcing other Mexicans to obey it. The democrat party is a pernicious criminal enterprise, it is no longer an actual political party.

Mojave Mark on February 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Politics does terrible things to people. It must really hurt to bite your lip and go against your deeply held beliefs just to get a vote.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

It doesn’t hurt nearly enough.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

“But first, Governor Walker states that the entire immigration system is broken and badly needs reform to make it effective at attracting people to the US, and that normalization should be part of any reform effort:”

No, it’s not broken, it’s not enforced and it’s not the immigration system that draws people to this country. This idiot just signed his own ‘political death warrant’ for selling something not his to sell.

LizardLips on February 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Very interesting interview by Gov. Walker..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Let me go on record now saying that I will not support a 2016 election where the candidates running are named Clinton or Bush. We do not have political dynasties in America with the exception of the Kennedys who managed to parlay a fortune amassed from bootlegging and a couple political assassinations into a career path for every inbred mouth-breathing moron with the last name of Kennedy or Shriver.

And the true irony was that JFK was just like Obama- good optics but, at heart, a lazy individual with a true lack of intellect, vision, or ability. Had he not been shot in Dallas, the man was facing an uphill battle for re-election. He was in Texas along with LBJ to placate Southern Democrats who he had alienated over things like his heavy handed approach to civil rights. Had Lee Harvey Oswald not been successful, we could well have seen JFK as a one-term wonder and a mere footnote in history as the guy behind the Bay of Pigs debacle.

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that he supports a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants but said that people who are waiting in line should have “first preference.”

“You’ve got to find a way to say that people who are in line right now have first preference,” the Republican governor said at POLITICO’s third annual State Solutions Conference in Washington. …

“We just have a broken system. And to me, if somebody wants to come in and live the American dream and work hard … we should have a system that works and let’s people in,” Walker told POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin at the event.

Again, that’s the Rubio position, which doesn’t exactly represent the conservative wing of the GOP but has some significant traction among the general public.

Excuse me, but which part of that is inconsistent with the ‘conservative wing’ view? Or is it that some people want *more* than this, but there’s nothing I see there that’s objectionable to me – unless that’s all there is to it. :)

I want what he said – *and* something along the lines of fines, deportation where they can await their legal process playing out, or if they are allowed to stay, they get *nothing* for free until their legal process is complete (and yes, they are at the end of the line).

I’m sorry, it must be painful for these people who have broken the law. Again, laws mean something, and if we don’t want to encourage several million more lawbreakers by rewarding the current ones, it has to be meaningful and painful, and they have to see it as having gained nothing, perhaps lost something in their decision to break the law – both for the own learning experience and for the benefit of those who are considering breaking the law in a similar way – they *must* be discouraged.

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I’m all for the path to citizenship for illegals. That path leads them back to their home countries where they already are citizens. They stay there, never to return to these here United States of America.

Liam on February 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM

We take in a million legal immigrants a year, more than any other country, but because we can’t take everyone our system is broken. What’s broken is our governments ability to enforce the law. That’s the only thing that’s broken.

DFCtomm on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

I’ve said this for years! Too bad nobody listens! : )

herm2416 on February 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Ok, I do like and agree with those who are saying our system is not broken – I should’ve taken exception to Walker’s comment in that regard.

Midas on February 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Politics does terrible things to people. It must really hurt to bite your lip and go against your deeply held beliefs just to get a vote.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

It hurts the butt even more when a chair is removed from beneath it.

Archivarix on February 26, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Enough with hereditary political dynasties…Enough!

workingclass artist on February 26, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Oof. Midwesternprincess hardest hit. Jeb Bush?

Facepalm.

can_con on February 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Governor Walker states that the entire immigration system is broken and badly needs reform to make it effective at attracting people to the US

Who would want to come to evil America, filled with greedy rich people, overweight fatties, gun-toting crazies and white racists?

Oh that’s right …….. Everybody.

Why should we open our doors to America haters. Keep them out, and while we’re at it cut off all funding to each and every country who bad-mouths us on the world stage.

Fix your own stinkin socialist poverty holes and leave us alone.

fogw on February 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM

The system IS broken. Immigration needs to take the richest, the brightest, the most skilled, and the hottest women from ’round the world.

THAT is the key to success. Everyone else? Not so much.

antisense on February 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

This is so disappointing..Jeb Bush? That charisma free rino? Honestly, how does he think another Bush would fare when darn near half of the electorate thinks W is why we are in the mess we are in? Come on!

Walker needs to keep on walkin…

Edith Stifle on February 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

What’s broken is our governments ability and willingness to enforce the law. That’s the only thing that’s broken.

DFCtomm on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

fixed.

freedomfirst on February 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

We just have a broken system

We have a broken system because the political class no longer values the rule of law. The “system” works until those in charge of upholding the system no longer find it in their best interest to do so. Our problem is not our immigration laws, our problem is that our lawmakers and executives a lawless. Thus, over time, we now have a very predictable mess on our hands. So you’ll forgive me if I don’t think the solution will be found in “new” laws. For when it serves the political class, they’ll simply ignore the new ones as well. Our national politicians are lawless. Political people are broken.

Weight of Glory on February 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

First, shouldn’t Walker’s main answer be his BFF? Second, this Jeb Bush thing needs to be stopped because it is a surefire loser. No President Rubio because Jeb Bush didn’t get to run for President in 2000.. Okays.

Illinidiva on February 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

What’s broken is our governments ability to enforce the law. That’s the only thing that’s broken.

DFCtomm on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

It’s not so much that our government lacks the ability to enforce immigration law. It’s that it lacks the will to do so. Illegal immigration benefits the Democratic party. It harms the country, but it benefits the Democrats. The Democrats don’t give a damn about the best interests of the country; they only care about what gives Democrats more power/money.

What’s really mind-boggling is why the majority of the electorate is willing to continually vote these corrupt dimwits into power. Their policies are proven failures. Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, California — everywhere the Democrats run the government, disaster inevitably follows. Yet too many voters still can’t seem to make the connection.

AZCoyote on February 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Governor Walker states that the entire immigration system is broken and badly needs reform to make it effective at attracting people to the US

Yes, in the sense that we need to attract wealthy, smart, and skilled people.

antisense on February 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Will you get rid of those d**n Statoil ads? They block the text every time my mouse accidentally goes over it.

If the ads here keep getting more obnoxious I will go elsewhere.

WannabeAnglican on February 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

So, I guess Walker is saying he liked it when all those hippies camped out in the capitol for weeks? Because that’s what some of us having been putting up with for years – illegal invaders with no regard for our laws or respect for private property of others.

CJ on February 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

The Mexican economy is on the rise and ours is on the decline. The immigration problem will sort itself out as more opportunities will be available South of the border.

MJBrutus on February 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Is Scott Walker trangulating? Are all of them? Merely trying to short circuit the media narrative. They can’t be serious. Mickey Kaus make the arguement better than I. Samuel P huntington makes the arguement even more forcefully in Who Are We. Giving 17 million illegal aliens* a vote is suicide. They have to know this, don’t they?

*When Obamacare was going down Obama used the number of 47 million to state the number of uninsured. After Republicans criticised him for using illegal aliens in that number the next week the number of uninsured was 30 million. I like the unintentional truth of that… 17 million it is.

Theworldisnotenough on February 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

So, I guess Walker is saying he liked it when all those hippies camped out in the capitol for weeks? Because that’s what some of us having been putting up with for years – illegal invaders with no regard for our laws or respect for private property of others.

CJ on February 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Walker’s views on immigration are clearly tempered by two factors. First, Wisconsin is a state with lots of need for “migrant” labor for agriculture. Also, Wisconsin is only a psuedo-border state with the UP of Michigan and Lake Superior acting as a buffer to keep all those illegal Canadians out. It is a far different set of circumstances than the folks in TX or AZ face.

Bottom line, any real immigration reform has to start with securing the border which that horse’s ass Janet Nepolitano refuses to do. Talk about “earned citizenship” is meaningless until we get serious about border security.

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

“. . .system is broken. . .”

OK, I got an idea. How ’bout we close the borders to immigration while we ‘fix’ it?

Yeah, I know. Sounds silly. Just as silly as solving the problem by letting in more illegals.

And, yes, it is a problem.

TimBuk3 on February 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

They all support the same thing…a path to re-election. The faux conservatives are getting flushed out one-by-one.

We are so screwed!

cajunpatriot on February 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

cajunpatriot on February 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

So Walker was just pretending to be a conservative all this time? I guess his heart just lacks the purity required from the likes of you. Que lastima.

MJBrutus on February 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

There are times when Scott can get to cute. The Bush answer was one of them. He knows that Jeb Bush’s time has passed, and is using that to deflect from 2016. Besides, he has to deal with a Rep. party in Wisconsin that wants to go further in cutting this years budget than he does. Plus he has to work to protect the State Supreme Court, where the Reps hold a 4-3 majority. His plate is mighty full, not counting getting ready for reelection.(That WILL be a death match.)

flackcatcher on February 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Why isn’t the GOP courting young voters? IIRC, plenty of them already shifted away from Obama in 2012, but we still lost their vote by some pretty big margins too.
Why has the Hispanic vote become the only game in town?

lynncgb on February 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Eff all of these Republican hacks.

Mr. Arrogant on February 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

The reason that our immigration system is broken is that the federal agencies and administrations mandated to enforce our immigration laws have failed to do so.

The breakdown occurred when the birth rate in this nation dropped after the introduction of birth control pills and the legalization of abortion and so the model of economies based on the physical and continued growth of population and, hence, the labor force, was imperiled. Despite a global population of over 7 billion governments still try to cling to that archaic economic model. In an age of global economies, rather than localized economies, this model is not only broken, it’s a recipe for disaster. We don’t need ‘more immigrants’ to bolster our population. We need a stable population with more highly skilled immigrants in fields such as the bio-sciences, engineering, medicine, and the tech fields, not masses of unskilled and low skilled laborers.

Further exacerbating the problem, labor and business decided that they liked a cheap source of foreign labor in this nation. The tech industry likes to headhunt talent from abroad as well, as one of the main reasons is that they don’t have to pay Social Security and Medicare tax on those employees,so they will support ‘immigration reform’ in hopes of making it easier to bring foreign employees into the nation. Unions, on the decline for the last couple of decades, are anxious to expand their ranks to keep those dues flowing into their coffers, even if that means flooding the nation with uneducated, low skilled workers and putting American citizens and legal immigrants out of work. I’ll point out that the Civil Rights commission has recently released a statement maintaining that “If there is an amnesty for illegal immigrants, it will negatively impact the low income African American community the hardest.”

The Democratic party has been the leader in trying to garner amnesty for illegal aliens because they see them as a reliable source of votes in the decades to come. One might well ask why they don’t seem to mind putting still more people on the federal welfare programs, why they don’t worry about the negative impact on the already low skilled and unskilled potential workers in this nation. Votes matter more to them than their current constituency. Cabrini Green and other ‘housing projects’ that have blighted our inner cities and entrapped generations of minorities in poverty were the ‘solution’ offered up by the Democrats. I suspect they’d like to build more of the same.

thatsafactjack on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I’m all for the path to citizenship for illegals. That path leads them back to their home countries where they already are citizens. They stay there, never to return to these here United States of America.

Liam on February 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Exactly! Which part of “the law” don’t we and the illegal aliens not understand? Obviously, politicians have lots of trouble discerning what the law is, because they haven’t taken the time to review the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli debacle. The very same type of reform that they embrace now, will lead to the same result. An incredible inflow of more illegals and the same rhetorical promises of enforcement!

tomshup on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Very, very disappointing to hear this from Walker. I had him pegged as a solid fiscal conservative, but not so much now given that he wants to mint 30 million+ new Democrats and put them all on welfare to boot.

Even more disappointing to hear that he supports Jeb Bush.

Doomberg on February 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

a path to citizenship that puts normalized candidates at the back of the line

That can be fixed easily by not having a line.

unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

He will be Palinized… I would love him or Rand to run.

antisocial on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Y’all keep yer paws off my senator.(Cruz)

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Why has the Hispanic vote become the only game in town?

lynncgb on February 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

It hasn’t. Nearly all of the youngsters on the Asian side of my family are now Democrats — and it’s because of the GOP stance on immigration, nothing else.

They recognize the guys who kept their Grandmother from coming to the USA all those years ago, so Grandpa’s stalwart Republicanism is all gone.

Again, you guys think there’s a war to be won here so you are battling to send them all home. You’ve lost the battle and you have lost the war. They are here to stay, and their children are coming online as voters, and those children know what you are thinking.

You’ve lost them for the next few decades.

unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

People waiting in line are not in America already enjoying the benefits of living in America. They cannot be given first in line preference, because the spots that they could have taken much faster were filled by people willing to break the law to skip ahead in line.

The bank robber will have to wait in line behind the depositors.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

My grandfather and great-grandparents came her LEGALLY. THEY followed the rules. What’s good for the goose…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

They recognize the guys who kept their Grandmother from coming to the USA all those years ago, so Grandpa’s stalwart Republicanism is all gone.
unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

That would be the democrats and particularly Kennedy.

Apparently, you and your family are about as brilliant in history as the blacks are.

So, what I guess you are telling us is that you are perfectly willing to be brainwashed for special treatment.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

It hasn’t. Nearly all of the youngsters on the Asian side of my family are now Democrats — and it’s because of the GOP stance on immigration, nothing else.

unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

You truly are a loathsome idiot.

There wasn’t been a “GOP stance” and a “Rat stance” on immigration until the Clinton years. If anything Ronald Reagan’s attempt at amnesty once-and-for all was the GOP’s misguided attempt to deal with illegals in the most humane way possible.

Fast forward to 2013. The current state of affairs is this. The Rats pander to little brown criminals because they want to get them to vote- citizens or not. Good ideas like border security and guest worker programs are deliberately ignored because that isn’t what allows the filthy rotten left to stuff the ballot box. Instead we get illegals whining in front of a Congressional hearing that people are calling him an illegal alien.

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

This was from Heritage in 2007:

Amnesty Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers at Least $2.6 Trillion

I think the GOP has gone stark raving mad.

lynncgb on February 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

My grandfather was red-haired, blue-eyed, and Jewish.
Some animals are more equal than others. *death glare.*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Nearly all of the youngsters on the Asian side of my family are now Democrats — and it’s because of the GOP stance on immigration, nothing else.
They recognize the guys who kept their Grandmother from coming to the USA all those years ago, so Grandpa’s stalwart Republicanism is all gone.
unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I’m suggesting that the GOP needs to court rational thinking young voters. It doesn’t sound like your relatives fit the profile.

lynncgb on February 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“We just have a broken system.”

BS trope alert!

There is nothing broken about it. It’s the operators of the system who won’t run it the way it was designed because they don’t like it.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The Rats pander to little brown criminals because they want to get them to vote- citizens or not.

Why we lose elections – This sounds bigoted.

And yes Walker has the same position on immigration as Ryan. I predicted this a month ago because Walker and Ryan are BFFs.

People are getting into hysterics about immigration again and are missing the more concerning part of Walker’s statements – Jeb Bush. I’m much more concerned about losing the 2016 elections because Jeb Bush’s vanity got the better of him than immigration reform.

Illinidiva on February 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Will Ted Cruz run?

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Talk about low-information voter, shees.

Capitalist Hog on February 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

They recognize the guys who kept their Grandmother from coming to the USA all those years ago, so Grandpa’s stalwart Republicanism is all gone.
unclesmrgol on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Sick of being held hostage by the stupid and the selfish. If this is their reason for continuing to vote for economic suicide than perhaps they have got some problems that the GOP can’t and shouldn’t be interested in fixing.

earlgrey133 on February 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

What’s really mind-boggling is why the majority of the electorate is willing to continually vote these corrupt dimwits into power. Their policies are proven failures. Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, California — everywhere the Democrats run the government, disaster inevitably follows. Yet too many voters still can’t seem to make the connection.

AZCoyote on February 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

They don’t make the connection because they believed the lie that virtue and character do not matter when it comes to politics. They have exalted knowledge over wisdom and the results are what we see in all level of politics.

chemman on February 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

We just have a broken system.

No, we don’t, you blithering idiot. We have the feral government (and various treasonous state governments that ally with illegals in establishing illegal sanctuaries – i.e. aiding and abetting an invasion) that refuses to carry out simple enforcement of the law.

You are slime, Walker. Treasonous alliance with illegals is a deal-breaker and you just broke the deal in half. Get bent, moron.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Why we lose elections – This sounds bigoted.

And yes Walker has the same position on immigration as Ryan. I predicted this a month ago because Walker and Ryan are BFFs.

People are getting into hysterics about immigration again and are missing the more concerning part of Walker’s statements – Jeb Bush. I’m much more concerned about losing the 2016 elections because Jeb Bush’s vanity got the better of him than immigration reform.

[Illinidiva on February 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM]

While I agree with your concern about the appearance of bigotry, your concern is mis-ordered. The election issue is three years away, immigration issue is now. We have to take care of what’s in front of us, now what’s down the road. You point is a distraction.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Why we lose elections – This sounds bigoted.

Illinidiva on February 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Oh, stop it. Barky’s own inauguration benediction included “when brown can stick around” so don’t get your panties in a bunch over someone using “brown” in exactly that context – that no one on the America-hating side, lefties and/or illegal supporters, had any problems with.

Any group that proudly follows a group called “The Race” has no legs to stand on in complaining about anything concerning that area.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Will Ted Cruz run?

bluegill on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

He was born in Canada.

SnarkVader on February 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

How can these politicians who bemoan the fact that America is in dire straits with out-of-control entitlement programs, unfunded mandates, overspending, waste and fraud,etc. embrace legalizing upwards of 20 million illegals who will burden the financial engine of America further??? They act as if getting the hispanic vote is some prize they will win. Well, it may be a prize for the democrats but the republicans should not delude themselves that they will be the beneficiaries of hispanic votes come election time.

KickandSwimMom on February 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

He was born in Canada.

SnarkVader on February 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

To US citizens. He’s eligible.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

KickandSwimMom on February 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Do we really want to win the support of the immoral? Conservatism is supposed to be about preserving the virtuous aspects of our nation from degenerating into a debauchery. Adding 20 or more million immoral voters to the rolls just does not sound like it benefits virtue and all that is good. It sounds more like the Republican party trying to debase the conservatives of this nation in order for there to be room for two progressive parties. Progressive prime and progressive light, with the conservatives left in the wilderness.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

You truly are a loathsome idiot.

[Happy Nomad on February 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM]

If you step back from the immigration issue and consider his point, you’ll find that his assertion and its implications are absurd.

It really doesn’t matter whether those relatives are registered Dem or Rep. It’s how they vote that counts. And if they would be staunch R’s if not for the immigration stance of the Party, then what he is saying is that they are voting against all their other interests just out of spite for the Republican Party’s immigration stance.

It’s certainly possible they are doing that, but it is not probable, at least not long term. In addition, if the Republican Party were to change it’s stance, that wouldn’t sway his relatives. Their animosity is too hard, too well established, too personal and too irrational for the change to be unaffected by it. I know many legal Chinese immigrants who support the Party’s stance on illegal immigration, because illegals are screwing their relatives and depressing legal immigration. It’s much better to treat Unclesmrgol’s relatives as lost causes and go after the newer Asians and more recent immigrants who don’t have irrational chips on their shoulders.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I might support a path to legal residency in some situations, a path that would include fines and restitution. But no way no how should an adult who illegally entered and currently resides in the US ever by granted citizenship. The oath they would take would be a lie.

farsighted on February 26, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Governor Walker states that the entire immigration system is broken and badly needs reform to make it effective at attracting people to the US

Say what? We have a problem attracting people to the US? Then please explain how we ended up with 11 million illegal “immigrants” with more entering every month?

farsighted on February 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

So another politician that instinctively comes up with a solution to the political problem instead of an coming up with an actual solution to an actual problem. Color me surprised.

lowandslow on February 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A Politico conference? Good grief.

Sad to hear Scott Walker’s view on illegal immigration is the same as Democrats. If he really believes that crap he said, he’s an idiot. If he’s saying it to get points from moderate voters or freakin’ Politico….that might even be worse.

Dongemaharu on February 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

That’s not so much because of his position on immigration, which essentially supports that of Marco Rubio — a path to citizenship that puts normalized candidates at the back of the line

It doesn’t put them to the back of anything. If they are allowed to stay here and work legally, and enjoy all the other benefits of being in America while those who are ahead of them have to wait for years in other countries because they are obeying the law, they have leapfrogged to the front of the line.

So Walker was just pretending to be a conservative all this time? I guess his heart just lacks the purity required from the likes of you. Que lastima.

MJBrutus

He lied about his opinions on this issue to get elected. He said he supported Arizona’s immigration law and promised to do the same for Wisconsin, and then, once elected, he promptly flip flopped on the issue. So yes, knowing what we know today, if you’re for yet ANOTHER amnesty for illegal immigrants and you lie to justify it, you’re not a conservative, and whining about some non-existent purity test ain’t going to change that.

That can be fixed easily by not having a line.

unclesmrgol

And by not having a country. No thank you.

Nearly all of the youngsters on the Asian side of my family are now Democrats — and it’s because of the GOP stance on immigration, nothing else.

unclesmrgol

BS. When you get a chance, have some of these imaginary Asian relatives of yours check into the immigration policies of Asian countries.

Why we lose elections – This sounds bigoted.

Illinidiva

Then why do democrats win elections?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/nyregion/hikind-defends-wearing-blackface-to-purim-party.html?_r=0

xblade on February 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Just some more mindless pandering bull$$$t from a politician.

The problem is not the long path to citizenship for illegals but the immediate legal status to work!

if somebody wants to come in and live the American dream and work hard … we should have a system that works and let’s people in,”

What about the resulting incentive for more aliens to sneak in? And how do you know what they “want”? And what about the displaced US citizen workers? And why does immigration “reform” have to be about what is good for illegals and not the US?

Politics seems mainly about screwing the US citizen while placating them with noble sounding BS on the valid assumption that most are dumb suckers being born every minute.

Chessplayer on February 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

It really doesn’t matter whether those relatives are registered Dem or Rep. It’s how they vote that counts. And if they would be staunch R’s if not for the immigration stance of the Party, then what he is saying is that they are voting against all their other interests just out of spite for the Republican Party’s immigration stance.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I see several possibilities, and they are not mutually exclusive.

These relatives are lying.
These relatives are idiots.
He is lying.
He is stupid enough to believe their lies.

farsighted on February 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I swear there must be something the Dems put in the water of prominent Republicans to make them go squishy. What the heck is he doing at a Politico event anyway? What’s next, an MSNBC policy confab?

jnelchef on February 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

It’s terrible that someone is stopping our politicians from enforcing the current immigration laws.

Who is responsible for making them not do their sworn jobs?

Oh, that’s right, the politicians themselves.

Lying, treasonous scum.

profitsbeard on February 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I see several possibilities, and they are not mutually exclusive.

These relatives are lying.
These relatives are idiots.
He is lying.
He is stupid enough to believe their lies.

farsighted on February 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The one that is important.
What exactly has the Republican stance on immigration been? The Republicans would want more immigration from first and second world nations where his grandparents are from rather than from third world nations. The Republican stance has been to stop or severely limit illegal immigration to allow more legal immigration for, wait for it, people like his grandparents.
So, it is impossible to argue that the Republican stance is the reason.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Cross another guy off my list…

voiceofreason on February 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Walker: I support a path to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform

I now oppose Scott Walker.

FloatingRock on February 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

We just have a broken system.

Broken by lying politicians and their big and small business backers.

Broken by lying politicians and their big and small business backers.

Broken by lying politicians and their big and small business backers.

Sorry, Governor Walker, you’re just a ruling classer that is willing to take on the Unions like Christie but you’re not good for anything else apparently.

NEXT!

PappyD61 on February 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

It’s not “the system” that’s broken, it’s those politicians, like Obama and Holder and Napalitano and McCain and Rubio and Walker, who don’t want to enforce the law who are broken.

VorDaj on February 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Right now, Walker seems more concerned with his upcoming re-election bid in 2014 than in a 2106 bid for the top job, and wants to focus on assuring Wisconsin voters that a second term will chart a more bipartisan course.

Which includes placating the Occupiers by shifting more of the state tax burden to “the rich”.

BTW, the heart of Act 10 with respect to local government employees is still locked up in state court.

Steve Eggleston on February 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Why, oh why, are so many seemingly intelligent people so brain dead on amnesty as a “cure” for a “broken” immigration system?

It is not broken — it is UNENFORCED!!

The I-9 form is a worthless piece of paper, putting the onus of enforcement and document review on honest employers and allowing unscrupulous employers to cheat, instead of mandatory E-Verify, where the onus is on the feds, where it belongs.

The 1996 federal law against sanctuary cities is unenforced.

Obama’s illegal alien aunt and uncle are still here, after MULTIPLE deportation orders, before auntie got a final reprieve.
Uncle gets his next hearing in December.

And amnesty as a “solution”?? Duh. If you believe that, then you would also solve the problem of a sinking ship by declaring the seawater coming in through a hole in the hull to be “cargo” — problem solved.

Declaring illegal aliens to be legal residents does NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM, Dufus. And when I say ‘Dufus’, I mean Walker, et al.

Here is the way to solve it — the most popular, efficient, economical, and just method.

And when it is tried seriously, as here in Georgia, it works great.

fred5678 on February 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I’m all for the path to citizenship for illegals. That path leads them back to their home countries where they already are citizens. They stay there, never to return to these here United States of America.

Liam on February 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM

this right here!

Is there any conservative out there who opposes amnesty??? conservative politician i mean

sadsushi on February 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM