UDPATE: Later in the evening, Hunt tweeted a statesman from a Walker campaign spokesperson saying, “We have to enforce the laws, keep people from coming here, enforce e-verify to stop the jobs magnet, and by addressing the root problems we will end the birthright citizenship problem.”
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) August 17, 2015
Wisconsin Governor and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker called for an end to birthright citizenship, but didn’t endorse deporting the US-born children of illegal immigrants in a discussion with MSNBC Political Correspondent Kasie Hunt at the Iowa State Fair on Monday.
Walker, in response to a question on whether the US should end birthright citizenship, stated, “Well, like I said, [Sen.] Harry Reid (D-NV) said that it’s not right for this country. I think that’s something we should — yeah, absolutely, going forward –.”
Walker added, when asked again if he wanted to end birthright citizenship, “Yeah, it’s — to me, it’s about enforcing the laws in this country. And I think I’ve been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it’s important to send a message that we’re going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here, we need to uphold the law in this country.”
When asked if he was advocating the deportation of the children of illegal immigrants who were born in the US, Walker responded, “I didn’t say that. I said you need to enforce the law, which to me, is focusing on E-Verify.”
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