A prominent Virginia politician who has aspirations of becoming governor appears to be flip-flopping about his stance on immigration. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is apparently changing what he says about the issue depending on to whom he is speaking.
Last Saturday, Cuccinelli strongly suggested that he supports immigration reform. He spoke about being moved by a naturalization ceremony and declared that immigration reform is “very important for America.”
“I want very much to see some sort of compromise reached in the area of immigration,” he said. “This issue needs to be resolved ... in a way that’s favorable to expanding our economy in America. It would be nice to get this off the table so that we could move on to other issues.”
On Monday, Cuccinelli took a somewhat different tone. He spoke about his 2010 Arizona-style “papers, please” legal ruling that allows law enforcement officials to ask people they stop or arrest legal status, Think Progress reported.
Cuccinelli has had some harsh words about immigration in the past. When asked about how deal with rats found in the Occupy D.C. protests, he indicated that he wanted them killed.
“If you don’t move an animal at least 25 miles, it’ll come back," Cuccinelli said. "And so what’s the solution to that? Well, cross a river ... it is worse than our immigration policy — you can’t break up rat families. Or raccoons or all the rest and you can’t even kill them. Unbelievable.”