Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is mulling a run for president, said Monday that he favors further limiting legal immigration to the U.S.
“In terms of legal immigration, what we need to approach that going forward is saying, we will make adjustments,” he said while appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio show.
“The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages, because the more I've talked to folks — I've talked to Sen. [Jeff] Sessions [R-Ala.] and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today — is what is this doing not only to American workers looking for jobs, but what is this doing to the wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward," Walker added.
Walker’s position on immigration issues has drawn attention because he previously supported a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the country illegally, provided they paid penalties and completed a waiting period. The likely 2016 hopeful says his position has since changed on the issue.
“My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it. Candidates can say that,” he said last month.
Liz Mair, a strategist who worked for Walker’s political committee before she resigned over comments she made disparaging the early-voting state of Iowa, criticized her former boss’s comments on Twitter.
Sad to see the full, Olympics-quality flip-flop by a former boss today. I guess some people think they can do what Romney did in 08 + win.— Liz Mair (@LizMair) April 20, 2015
In any event, I'm extraordinarily glad I don't have to defend a) that level of policy gymnastics or b) that specific dubious policy.— Liz Mair (@LizMair) April 20, 2015
Walker’s comments align him with immigration hard-liners on the right and could bolster him among conservatives.
Walker attracted positive attention from conservatives earlier this year, but Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate confirms four Biden ambassadors after delay Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it MORE (R-Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulIt's time for Fauci to go — but don't expect it to happen On The Money — Democrats craft billionaire tax with deal in reach Rand Paul questioning if crypto could become world reserve currency MORE (R-Ky.), both of whom formally entered the 2016 race, will provide him with a tough fight for those voters.