Walker: Border Security First: 'All the Other Questions...Fall by the Side'

By Susan Jones | August 19, 2015 | 5:44am EDT
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker greets fairgoers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(CNSNews.com) - Gov. Scott Walker says he has a "solid position" on immigration, and it does not include repealing the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil.

"From our standpoint going forward, until we address (border security), all the other questions I get about immigration really fall by the side," Walker told Fox News Tuesday night.

"I believe in securing the border, enforcing the laws. I do not believe in amnesty. I do not believe in amnesty going forward. I believe in a legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and their wages in a way that will improve the American economy."

Referring to birthright citizenship, Walker said, "We cannot address that." He said Americans should not trust "any politician" -- he meant Donald Trump -- "who talks about all the other things they're going to do if they cannot fundamentally show how they're going to secure the border and enforce the laws in this country.

"That's what I'm going to do as president," Walker added.

"But would any part of your plan include any part of repealing the 14th amendment?" Fox News anchor Shannon Bream asked Walker:

"From our standpoint going forward, until we address these issues, all the other questions I get about immigration really fall by the side. Until we can show the American people that once and for all we can actually secure the border, put up a wall, have the technology, have the manpower, have the personnel to make sure that wall is secure.

"I just saw it earlier this year in Israel. They've got a 500-mile fence that they put up. They've got the personnel and the technology to make sure that it's working. It worked there. We saw more than 90 percent reduction in terrorist-related acts once they did that. We need to do that for America.

"Our southern-based border is being penetrated every single day by drug cartels pushing drugs, fire arms, human trafficking. No sovereign nation should be in a position to let that happen. As president I'm going to secure the border once and for all, and I'm going to uphold the laws of the great United States of America."

Donald Trump sparked a dicussion about repealing the 14th amendment when he released a policy paper on immigration over the weekend.

Among his detailed recommendations: End birthright citizenship. "This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration," he said.

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