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Scott Walker: I have not endorsed the Senate immigration bill

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is refuting a local newspaper’s report that he has endorsed the Senate immigration reform bill. The governor’s office told the Weekly Standard: “Governor Walker has not endorsed any specific policy.”

The Standard also reported: “Asked if Walker would take a position at some point on the Senate bill, the governor’s press secretary did not reply.”

As the Washington Examiner noted Tuesday, Walker told the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Herald editorial board: “If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don’t care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else. I want them here.”

Walker added that there needed to be “a larger way” to reform the system to make immigrating easier. “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.”

The editorial board reported that with the headline ‘Walker endorses path to citizenship” and wrote that “Walker said he is in favor of the Senate immigration bill but called it a backward ‘Band-Aid’ approach.”

But in the clip of the board’s Q&A with Walker (embedded above) he does not specifically say he backs the Senate bill.

 

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