Signs of Changes
This is not an April Fool’s prank. Another Republican figures finally takes a sensible stance on immigration. According to Guardian, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker confronted unfavorable assumptions against him with a sensible comment. He stated that undocumented immigrants may eventually, “…get their citizenship without being given preferential treatment.” This comment is yet another sign of change. He supported pathway to citizenship before; now, he supports anti-amnesty policies. This change should be read as a tactical posture to attract the conservative elements in Republican party.
After all, pathway to citizenship can be easily changed into “anti-amnesty,” if the issue is framed as an unprecedented work immigration program. Governor Walker is in fact taking a flexible, centrist stance couched in conservative rhetoric. Such rhetoric is explicit in his emphasis of “no preferential treatment.”
Governor Walker’s rhetoric is a good indicator of changes, because his constituents are more conservative and less global-minded. Moreover, Walker has to fashion himself in a manner close to, but different from Governor Bush, who supports pathway to citizenship. After all, Bush appears to be a leading figure as of now.
Bush can afford to take an explicitly centrist stance due to his name-recognition. The quality of Walker’s name recognition is significantly lower as of now. Walker’s support for pathway to citizenship would not change the mind of many on the left, while it would alienate loyal supporter.
Changes are coming, but we know not what they are. Governor Walker, likewise, made a change, hopefully to everyone’s benefit.