Gov. Scott Walker has endorsed a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, placing him squarely in the establishment wing of the Republican Party on an issue that has split GOPers.
The Wisconsin governor weighed in during an editorial board meeting with Daily Herald Media:
“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,” he 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 (with people living here illegally),” he said.
The article doesn’t say explicitly that Walker would’ve voted for the Senate bill championed by Sen. Marco Rubio, but does report in its lead that he distanced himself from House Republicans.
Walker joins Rubio, Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan on the position. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz opposed a path to citizenship. Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t weighed in specifically but his hand-picked Senate replacement voted in favor of Rubio’s reform bill.