Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called Monday for “a legitimate balance” for immigrants seeking to come into the United States legally, adding that the system has been a “mess.”
The governor spoke with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren about the future of the Republican Party, as well as its stance on immigration.
“There's a lot of folks who have been waiting in line and there's got to be a legitimate balance for those who sought to come into this country legally and do so in a way that respects that, respects the efforts of those currently waiting and those who [came] in the past, and still not devastate this nation's economy,” Walker said.
The governor added that the immigration process has been “bogged down,” leading to the problems of today. Stating that he comes from a family of immigrants, as well as having in-laws who came from Mexico more recently, Walker added that those coming to the U.S. legally should be able to strive for the American dream.
“One of the things overlooked in all the talk about securing the border, which is important, is that we've got a mess when it comes to the federal agency that controls immigration. It's very difficult,” he said.
Walker also noted that while he feels the party isn't in real need of change, Republicans should do more to reach out to different voters and cultures that make up today's America.
“I think our message of limited government, greater frugality, ultimately leading to more freedom and more prosperity for all of our people, is a great message,” he said. “But we've got to find a better way of making that message known and getting out to places that Republicans typically, at least nationally, haven't gone to.”
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