When she chaired President Clinton’s immigration reform commission, the late Barbara Jordan laid it out in very simple language:
A credible immigration policy that includes deportations is one that benefits our nation, not the rest of the world.
- Mandatory workplace verification for employers to take away the jobs magnet
- Elimination of chain migration
- Elimination of the visa lottery
- Reduction of the high immigration that brings so much injustice to the most vulnerable members of our national community.
Now Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is sounding more each day like he really might enjoy living in the White House, is telling a media that have made it pretty clear that they’re not at all comfortable with addressing immigration from Ms. Jordan’s perspective, that any immigration policy should take into consideration the economic well-being of American workers.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Mr. Walker said:
“In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying—the next president and the next congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages, because the more I’ve talked to folks, I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there—but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today—is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.”
While Walker’s most recent statements are very encouraging and seem to finally end his unsettled view of the issue, let us not forget that Walker is an ambitious politician who has a long way to go before it can be said that he fully supports the recommendations of the Jordan Commission.
According to one long-time activist who is extremely savvy about life in the political world, “It just may be that he (Walker) has staked out a new position.”
In other words, remember the reason why you were born with two eyes: So you can keep one of them open when you to go to bed during times like these.
Nota bene: If, as many psuedo-journalists want their audiences to believe, Walker’s newest position on immigration means that he’s “tacked to the hard right,” where does that leave Ms. Jordan on the political spectrum?