Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field

Published March 28, 2015 7:45AM (EDT)

DENVER (AP) — It's become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.

Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as "a real trial for me." Others, too, have shifted on the matter.

Now it's oops for Walker.

In 2013, Walker said offering immigrants in the country a way to become citizens "makes sense." Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports "amnesty." Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. State chair Jennifer Horn, says that he favored legal status — a position many conservatives equate with "amnesty."

By Nicholas Riccardi

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