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Three Answers, One Week: Scott Walker on Birthright Citizenship

Republican presidential candidates spent much of last week responding to Donald Trump's call to end birthright citizenship - the United States citizenship automatically granted to children born in America regardless of their parents' immigration status.

And one candidate in particular had a series of answers about the emotional issue: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Here's what Walker told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt on August 17 during his visit to the Iowa State Fair:

Scott Walker to NBC's Kasie Hunt: We Should Stop Birthright Citizenship 0:38

KASIE HUNT: Do you think that birthright citizenship should be ended?

SCOTT WALKER: Well, like I said, Harry Reid said it’s not right for this country - I think that’s something we should, yeah absolutely, going forward --

HUNT: We should end birthright citizenship?

WALKER: Yeah, to me it’s about enforcing the laws in this country. And 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’re going to enforce the laws in this country.

But by August 21, Walker told CNBC's John Harwood that he'd been misunderstood -- and that he wasn't going to take a position on the issue.

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HARWOOD: So people misunderstand: you’re actually not for ending birthright citizenship?

WALKER: I'm not taking a position on it one way or the other. I’m saying that until you secure the border and enforce the laws, any discussion about anything else is really looking past the very things we have to do.

Then on Sunday on ABC's This Week, Walker appeared to suggest that he’s not in favor of ending birthright citizenship at all.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I understand that's what you feel we have to address, but this is simply a yes or no question. Do you support that line of the Fourteenth Amendment?

WALKER: Well, I said the law is there. And we need to enforce the laws including those that are in the Constitution. My point is having this debate about anything else when we don't have politicians who are committed to actually securing the border and enforcing the laws, which means very simply in our country e-verify. Making sure that every employer ensure that the people working for them are legal to work in this state -- in this country. That will resolve the problems you're talking about and that's what I've been talking about this week.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're not seeking to repeal or alter the Fourteenth Amendment.

WALKER: No. My point is any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing the 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 because those politicians haven't been committed to following through on those promises.