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Gov. Walker insists he hasn't taken stance on immigration issue


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker insists that he has not taken a stance on whether illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. should be given a conditional path to citizenship.

A story last week in Politico, a Washington news Web site, said the governor supports a pathway.

As a result, the immigration support group America’s voice issued a statement this promoting Walker’s stance. It said, “The fact that a very conservative Midwestern governor is joining the ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls who support immigration reform with a path to citizenship shows just how dramatically the politics of this issue has changed.”

But in a Webcast with Politico, Walker was ambiguous on the question – and he never mentioned citizenship in his remarks.

Later, he told a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter in Washington his biggest concern is fixing what he called a broken immigration system for those seeking to enter the country. And for now, at least, dealing with those already in the U.S. is not his biggest priority on the subject.

Walker was in the nation’s capital for a meeting of the National Governors Association. More national reporters are quizzing Walker because of his growing status as a possible White House hopeful in 2016.