Scott Walker says his mind has changed on immigration.

Scott Walker Flip-Flops on Immigration: “My View Has Changed”

Scott Walker Flip-Flops on Immigration: “My View Has Changed”

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March 1 2015 5:53 PM

Scott Walker Flip-Flops on Immigration: “My View Has Changed”

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the American Action Forum on January 30, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he has changed his mind about immigration policy and no longer believes there is a way in which the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally can embark on a path to citizenship. He has expressed that view in the past but now labels it as “amnesty,” which he is against.

“I don’t believe in amnesty,” Walker, who came in second in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, told Fox News. “'My view has changed. I’m flat out saying it. Candidates can say that.” Walker only acknowledged that his mind had changed after host Chris Wallace pressed him on a clip from 2013, in which he told a Wisconsin newspaper that “it makes sense” to allow undocumented citizens a path to citizenship.

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“We need to secure the border,” Walker said. “We ultimately need to put in place a system that works—a legal immigration system that works.” Part of the reason why his mind has changed, according to Walker, is that “I’ve talked to governors on the border and others out there.”

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