Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says those seeking U.S. citizenship must return to their country of origin and get in line. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Likely 2016 Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on a visit to Texas clarified his stance on immigration Saturday (March 28), telling reporters that immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship should return to their country of origin and get in line. "Well, I think in terms of citizenship, if someone wants to have citizenship, they ultimately need to their country of origin, and then get in line just like anybody else would. I think there are benefits when it comes to voting and other benefits that come with that," Walker said at a Harris County Republican Dinner news conference alongside Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. "But I think in terms of things beyond that, that's again where we have to tackle these other issues first, and then have a president that's willing to work with the Congress to figure out a reasonable way forward." The news conference came days after a Wall Street Journal report said that he favored letting illegal immigrants stay in the country and eventually become eligible for citizenship, a report that his spokeswoman labeled as "erroneous." "I don't believe in amnesty in the sense of citizenship, I believe if someone wants to be a legal citizen of the United States, there's a legal path by which to do that going forward. I think we need to address the issues with the border, securing the border for the safety reasons we mentioned," Walker said. The governor also used the opportunity to criticize Democratic President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. "We need to re-establish the fact that this president has overstepped the bounds in terms of the issue that Governor Abbott, myself, and others have brought forward. And citizenship is different - In terms of the other issues, we need to rectify those issues and then find a way to work with the Congress going forward," Walker said. On Friday, Walker and Abbott toured the U.S.-Mexico border.