Scott Walker takes yet another stance on birthright citizenship: Don’t change … – Chicago Tribune

GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker appears to have again shifted his stance on allowing the children of illegal immigrants to automatically gain U.S. citizenship.

In an interview on Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week,” the Wisconsin governor said he does not want to alter the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States . . . are citizens of the United States.” Nearly a week before, Walker said he wanted to end birthright citizenship and would not say then whether he agreed with the 14th Amendment.

“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked Walker on Sunday about birthright citizenship, eventually asking, “You’re not seeking to repeal or alter the 14th Amendment?”

“No,” Walker said. “My point is, any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing laws are things that should be a red flag to voters out there who for years have heard lip service from politicians and are understandably angry.”

A national debate over birthright citizenship erupted last weekend when GOP front-runner Donald Trump proposed ending it. Many GOP candidates have taken a firm position on the issue, but Walker has given various answers that appear to show a changing stance.

Walker said Monday that he supported ending birthright citizenship, then said later in the day that the problem could be addressed by enforcing other laws. On Friday, Walker said he didn’t have a position on the issue. On Sunday, Walker said he did not want to alter the 14th Amendment.

Walker’s campaign staff says that the candidate’s position has not changed this past week. Here’s what Walker has said — or not said — on the issue:


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