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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker endorses Democratic immigration bill! Stone him! He’s a RINO!

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As we all know, the far-right base of the Republican Party is bitterly opposed to the immigration-reform bill recently passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and now pending in the U.S. House.

But THIS GUY disagrees with the GOP base on that matter:

[Wisconsin] Gov. Scott Walker distanced himself from House Republicans debating a new immigration bill Tuesday by endorsing a path to citizenship for immigrant workers.

In a meeting with the [Wausau] Daily Herald Media Editorial Board, Walker acknowledged that a substantial number of Wisconsin farms depend on migrant workers, some of them here illegally. He also was sharply critical of how difficult the federal government makes it for those workers to come to this country.

“If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don’t care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else,” he said. “I want them here.”

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill last week that features a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. Many conservative House Republicans oppose the bill, viewing it as rewarding law-breakers — though some GOP lawmakers worry rejecting the Senate bill would further alienate the Hispanic voters who played a large role in President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Walker said he is in favor of the Senate immigration bill but called it a backward “Band-Aid” approach, saying elected leaders should make it easier for people to enter the country and become legal citizens in the first place.

UPDATE: Hmmm.  This didn’t take long: Walker has now WALKED BACK his remarks about the Senate immigration bill.

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13 Comments

  1. Steverino

    Wisconsin slaves for the Koch masters.

  2. expdoc

    As usual, Scott Walker nails it.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    as usual Doc, it’s the money that really matters right…he only cares about cheap labor so the rich farmers in his State get below living standard wages…how republican is that…wow

    What about those poor taken advantage workers doc…don’t care about those poor folks again…?

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Give below living wages…my bad

  5. Craig Knauss

    Why is Scott Walker being called a “RINO”? This looks more Republican than RINO. A mainline, traditional Republican looks at what’s good for the country, not just what’s good for the party or himself/herself, and tries to compromise for the general welfare of Americans. People like the Tea Party, the Birchers, etc., are only interested in themselves. They are the real RINOs.

  6. expdoc

    Brian,

    Do you want immigration reform or not?

    Walker’s stance is appropriate, logical and fair like almost everything he has done in his entire career.

  7. doc: If you check the update on the post above, you’ll see that Walker is weaseling away from what he said.

    He must have received a dressing down from his masters.

  8. Craig Knauss

    Why is it that the people who have complained the most about illegal immigration and its effects are the same people who have benefitted the most from the illegals?

    Maybe doc can enlighten us.

  9. expdoc

    You don’t think the Democrats have and will continue to benefit from illegal immigration? Then you don’t know how to use a crisis Craig.

    I have always wondered about this debate as well.

    Why is it that the Democrats feel that illegals deserve free education, free health care, drivers licenses etc. yet they are furious when people offer them jobs? Jobs that they risk their lives to get and clearly jobs that they want?

  10. Steverino

    Wisconsin has jobs?

  11. expdoc

    Yes

  12. Craig Knauss

    doc says, “Why is it that the Democrats feel that illegals deserve free education, free health care, drivers licenses etc. yet they are furious when people offer them jobs? Jobs that they risk their lives to get and clearly jobs that they want?”

    It’s not that complicated, doc. The Democrats feel that people working here deserve to be treated like “people”, not slaves. Got it? And while some of the illegals are definitely getting freebies, many of them are not. Many are paying into SS, Medicare, real estate taxes, sales taxes, etc. and will probably never collect a cent if they illegal. The big issue is when they are offered jobs that legal residents want and need. Do you really think Farmer John is going to pay a legal resident the minimum wage when he can pay an illegal 2 or 3 dollars an hour (under the table) to do the same thing? Do you really believe that? In my area there are a sufficient number of U.S. citizens looking for jobs that are currently being occupied by lower paid illegals. And those jobs are not just agricultural. Your rightwing buddies are perfectly content to overlook legal status to hire them, just so long as the illegals do not have to be treated like human beings.

    Washington state has a ton of illegals here. Washington state does NOT have a Guest Worker program. Why not? Because guest workers would be regulated. That would establish minimum levels of pay and benefits. The locals who hire the illegals are opposed to a guest worker program because they do not want to provide pay and benefits that would be reasonable. They want slaves.

    It’s your Republican buddies who have benefitted from the illegal immigration for the last 50 years. So there, I’ve answered my question for you, as well as answered your question.

  13. doc: In response to your question (“Why is it that the Democrats feel that illegals deserve…blah, blah, blah”), I have a question of my own:

    Why is it that Republicans generally are resentful of all minorities (blacks, Hispanics, gays, etc.) and have been since the advent of the GOP’s infamous Southern Strategy?

    (Here’s where doc says I’m unfairly generalizing about Republicans, no matter his own generalizations about what Democrats feel about “illegals.”)

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