Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday that he believes the children of undocumented immigrants shouldn’t automatically have a right to American citizenship if they’re born in the United States.
Asked by msnbc if birthright citizenship should be ended, the Wisconsin governor replied: “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.”
Ending birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants is part of GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s immigration plan, first outlined Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
On Monday morning, Walker told “Fox and Friends” that his own immigration plan is “similar” to the plan Trump outlined.
A Walker spokeswoman followed up to clarify Walker’s position on immigration, saying his position is as follows:
“We have to enforce the laws, keep people from coming here, enforce E-Verify to stop the jobs magnet, and by addressing the root problems we will end the birthright citizenship problem.”
A transcript of the full exchange is on msnbc.com here.