Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker recently clarified his stance on an Arizona-style immigration bill for him state.
Wednesday, Walker spoke with reporters and said he would “push to make sure” immigration legislation similar to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 “wouldn’t come up.”
In 2010, Gov. Walker expressed his concerns about an immigration law like SB 1070, but just two days later he said he would sign such legislation for the state, with his campaign manager – Walker was a gubernatorial candidate at the time – said Walker had changed his opinion after “doing more research”.
However, two years later, following fellow Republican Mitt Romney’s failed run for the White House, Gov. Walker is seeing his need for Hispanic voter support and has once again changed his tune.
This week Gov. Walker called the proposal of such legislation a “huge distraction” that does not fit with his job creation priorities.
It would seem that many Republicans now better understand their need to support immigration reform, as the Latino vote is absolutely necessary.
He is now also encouraging fellow state lawmakers to leave the issue alone.
‘There’s our niche and our priorities, “Gov. Walker told the Huffington Post. ‘I don’t think that falls into one of those priorities, so I would certainly hope that the legislature didn’t spend time focusing on that, instead focused on the economy.’