Walker sides with those seeking eased immigration

CREATED Jul. 3, 2013

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the country must remake a "cumbersome" immigration system in comments that land him closer to a U.S. Senate-passed plan than a harder line pursued by House Republicans.

In an editorial board interview Tuesday, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate criticized barriers to foreign workers coming to the United States. Walker told the Daily Herald Media board he favors a Senate immigration bill. It contains a path to citizenship for people living in the country illegally, though he also labels the bill a backward "Band-Aid" approach. A Walker spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday the governor hasn't endorsed a specific policy.

Republicans are split on immigration. Some conservatives oppose giving those here illegally a chance at citizenship on grounds that it rewards unlawful behavior.