Posted on April 21, 2015

Walker Open to Limits on Legal Immigration

David McCabe, The Hill, April 21, 2015

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.