Walker Disputes Reports That He’s Changed His Position On Immigration Again

Governor Tells Reporters In Milwaukee He Doesn't Believe In Amnesty For Undocumented Immigrants

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Gov. Scott Walker is disputing a report that he again changed his position on immigration reform, telling reporters on Monday that he still opposes what he called “amnesty” for immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

A couple years ago, Walker told the Wausau Daily Herald that he was open to system where the millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally could become citizens with the right penalties or waiting periods. But about a month ago, Walker told Fox News he’d changed his mind.

Then last week, The Wall Street Journal reported Walker flipped again. His spokesperson disputed that story, and speaking to reporters in Milwaukee, Walker disputed it, too.

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“I do not believe in amnesty for citizenship,” said Walker. “I believe if someone wants to become a citizen, they need to go to the country of origin and come in the system just like anyone else.”

Walker also said he also wanted to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and he wanted to force employers to electronically verify whether their workers are in the U.S. legally.