Scott Walker Privately Supports Citizenship for Immigrants Ahead of Texas Border Photo Op

Written by SK Ashby

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin governor and presidential hopeful Scott Walker told a group of supporters at a private dinner that he backs a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Moreover, he reportedly mocked Mitt Romney.

During the March 13 New Hampshire dinner, organized by New Hampshire Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn at the Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford, Mr. Walker said undocumented immigrants shouldn’t be deported, and he mocked 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s suggestion that they would “self-deport,” according to people who were there.

This is awkward for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the Republican party's everlasting boner for mass deportation.

Scott Walker has gone on the record condemning "amnesty" for immigrants and he's scheduled to attend a photo op on the border tomorrow with rabidly anti-immigrant Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

"Gov. Walker looks forward to taking a close look at U.S. border security with Gov. Abbott," AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker's Our American Revival PAC, said in a statement. "While President Obama has failed to work with governors to address serious, ongoing concerns at the border, Gov. Walker looks forward to talking to officials on the ground about real solutions."

If President Obama is such a failure, why does Scott Walker privately support policy that is similar to the president's policy behind closed doors?

It wasn't very long ago that Scott Walker headlined Steve King's wingnut jamboree, the Iowa Freedom Summit. Steve King is undoubtedly the most virulently racist anti-immigrant man in Congress.

I expect Walker's campaign will walk back his comments by the end of business today.