Scott Walker: Supporting Immigration Reform ‘Doesn’t Mean Amnesty’ [+video]

By Pam Key. Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) said supporting immigration reform “doesn’t mean amnesty.”

Walker said, “I think, for sure, we need to secure the border. We need the enforce the legal system. I’m not for amnesty. I’m not an advocate of the plans that have been pushed in Washington. And I think, should I become a candidate, because I’m not yet, it’s part of the exploratory process. We’re a country of balance. We’re a country of immigrants and laws. We can’t ignore the laws or the people that come in. Whether it’s Mexico or Central America.”

(Read more about what Scott Walker said about supporting immigration HERE)

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Scott Walker’s Achilles heel: How his immigration record could scuttle his 2016 bid

By Luke Brinker. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has vaulted into the top tier of the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential contenders, displaying strength in early primary states and building a formidable fundraising network as he prepares to go up against Jeb Bush’s financial juggernaut. His crossover appeal to the GOP’s business and Tea Party wings, combined with his evangelical background, positions him well to emerge as the leading alternative to Bush, whose heresies on issues like immigration reform and the Common Core education standard rile the right-wing base. But Walker’s White House bid may yet falter amid revelations of his own past impurities.

Though Walker told ABC’s Martha Raddatz earlier this month that he opposes “amnesty” for unauthorized immigrants, he hasn’t always sounded the same tune. National Review reported last week that as Milwaukee county executive, Walker signed a 2002 resolution backing comprehensive immigration reform. A Walker spokesperson told the magazine that the resolution Walker signed was actually watered down from a more strongly pro-reform draft, but the resolution called for “greater opportunity for undocumented working immigrants to obtain legal residency in the United States.” (Read more from this story HERE)

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Scott Walker, Fiscal Responsibility Candidate, Orders His State to Skip Debt Payment

By Beth Either. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touts the generous tax cuts he’s pushed through since 2010 to bolster his image as one of the 2016 GOP presidential field’s most high-profile fiscal conservatives. (One economically conservative activist told Slate’s Betsy Woodruff that Walker’s 2014 gubernatorial election was more important to him than every other election in the country combined.) But those tax cuts have not created the hoped-for economic growth, and even after big reductions in public spending, Wisconsin is in the midst of a budget crisis: Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the Walker administration will skip a debt payment of $108 million that is due in May.

Spokesman Cullen Werwie told Bloomberg that the state will restructure its debt obligations to avoid default, but the delay will result in a substantial increase in the cost of the loan for Wisconsin taxpayers. (Read more from this story HERE)

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