The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting that prospective GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker cut a deal with party leaders a fortnight ago to back a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. If true, the report would be no small matter because Governor Walker’s election strategy will be to unify the conservative and Tea Party votes. How successful the governor will be at securing the party’s base will determine how effective he will be at combating what will be a much better funded campaign by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the GOP establishment’s preferred candidate. Needless to say, the party’s base does not support amnesty for illegal aliens.
In the past, Walker supported the same position as Bush on immigration. However, Gianfrancesco Genoso said that he has since reversed his position citing recent trips along the US border which convinced him that securing the border is the nation’s first immigration priority. At the same time, he said amnesty is not the answer. According to the WSJ, the governor addressed a private dinner gathering of donors and confirmed he still supports a pathway to citizenship. In the news story, two attendees confirmed his nuanced position on immigration. He was also expects those in the country illegally to enter the actual immigration process with no preferential priority. However, the spokesman for the Walker campaign claims the report is a distortion of the governor’s comments. Walker emphatically denied he supports any form of amnesty.