April 25, 2015


Pressed by Young Republicans, Scott Walker Sticks to Tough Immigration Stance (Trip Gabriel, 4/24/15, NY Times)

Mr. Walker's apparent hardening on immigration has inspired a flood of reporting and commentary. Most recently he told the radio host Glenn Beck that he favored restricting legal immigration in tough economic times, a position to the right of most other 2016 presidential hopefuls.

He repeated that view Friday after a speech in Cedar Rapids, when Eddie Failor, 24, expressed concern "as a young Republican" that the party must make inroads to new voter blocs, including by supporting a comprehensive overhaul of immigration.

Mr. Walker told Mr. Failor that his top priority would be securing the border. He also said he favored "making sure the legal immigration system is based on making our No. 1 priority to protect American workers and their wages.''

Alexander Staudt, the treasurer of the University of Iowa College Republicans, also told Mr. Walker in the meet-and-greet line that he was concerned that by talking tough on immigration, Republican candidates would turn off Hispanics.

"In terms of how wide or how narrow the door's open, our No. 1 priority is American workers and American wages,'' Mr. Walker told him. "I don't know how anyone can argue against that.''

Of course, his position can't be reconciled with his anti-union victory, but, then again, he isn't serious about it. Like Mitt, he'd have to scramble back to decency in the general.

Posted by at April 25, 2015 7:47 AM

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