Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Walk-O-Meter

Sign legislation on immigration similar to Arizona bill

Will "sign similar legislation to the Arizona law to ensure the taxpayers of Wisconsin are not paying for benefits like BadgerCare and in-state college tuition for people who are here illegally."


Updates

No legislation moved, and no more session days left

In May 2010, while running for governor, Scott Walker said he had serious concerns with Arizona's immigration law, which requires police to ask people about their immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

But days later, he reversed course and promised to sign such a measure if he were elected.

Then in July 2013, Walker said he supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But a spokesman in his office told us at that the time that Walker hadn't endorsed a specific policy.

In any case, at this stage, several months away from the end of his term in January 2015, Walker hasn't said anything further with regard to his promise to pass an Arizona-style immigration law.

And the Legislature is not scheduled to return until January 2015.

So we're moving our rating on that promise from Stalled to Promise Broken.

Sources:

Email interview, Gov. Scott Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick, Aug. 20, 2014

After two years, lots of position changes, but no progress

Scott Walker's position on an Arizona-style immigration law for Wisconsin has been a moving target.

In May 2010, while running for governor, Walker said he had serious concerns with Arizona's law, which requires police to ask people about their immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

Just days later, he reversed course and pledged to sign such a measure if he were elected.

Then in December 2012, as governor, Walker appeared to reverse course again, saying he would fight to prevent an Arizona-style immigration bill from getting to his desk if lawmakers pursued it. He declined to say if he would sign or veto such a bill.

Finally, Walker said in July 2013 he supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but his spokesman, Tom Evenson, said Walker hasn't endorsed a specific policy.

Regardless of where Walker now stands on passing an Arizona-style immigration law, since we're more than half way into his term and there's been no progress toward such a bill, we rate this promise Stalled.

Sources:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walker says he would fight to stop an immigration bill," Dec. 5, 2012

Email interview, Gov. Scott Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster, July 12, 2013

Washington Post, "Scott Walker backs path to citizenship, increased immigration,” July 3, 2013