In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that his views on immigration had changed and that he didn’t support amnesty for undocumented immigrants living in America.
Politico reports Walker had previously held the stance that immigrants living in the U.S. should be able to stay in the country if they pay penalties.
“My view has changed, I’m flat-out saying it. Candidates can say that, sometimes they don’t,” Walker said. “I don’t believe in amnesty, and part of the reason that I made that a firm position is because I look at the way this president has mishandled that issue.”
Walker said his position changed after he met with border-state governors and others that are closely affected by immigration policies.
The governor and potential 2016 candidate also responded to controversy surrounding remarks he made comparing ISIL to Wisconsin union protesters at an event last week.
“I’m not comparing those two entities,” he said. “What I meant was, it’s about leadership. The leadership we provided under extremely difficult circumstances, arguably the most difficult of any governor in the country maybe in recent times. To me I apply that to say, ‘If I were to run and if I were to win and be commander in chief, I believe that kind of leadership is what’s necessary to take on radical Islamic terrorism.”
Walker was also pressed about his views on President Obama’s love for America, something that was now-infamously called into question by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“I’m not going to take the manufactured media crises, and take and follow that path,” Walker said, adding that he believes Americans want leaders that will “stand up and tell them where they stand on the issues that matter to them.”
Walker is currently considering a bid for President in 2016.
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