Per The Hill, 2016 GOP Presidential hopefuls keep changing their prior positions in regards to immigration reform.Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have went so far as fully repenting their past support of granting legal status to illegal immigrants.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has also changed his opinion. He previously supported a path to citizenship for children who were brought to the country. Yet in January he stated he did not think anyone should be granted citizenship who was brought to or came to the United States illegally.
The same with former Texas Governor, Rick Perry. After he was criticized for being soft on immigration during his attempted 2012 run he has since pointed out his record on border security and further called illegal immigration a:
clear and present danger to the health and safety of all Americans.
All of this is coming to light after the Republicans failed to overturn President Obama’s immigration executive orders leaving the battle up to the courts. They essentially opened the door for millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States and put out the welcome mat.Many conservatives are disappointed with Congress’s actions and are vowing to hold the GOP presidential contenders to the issue.
There are only a few presidential hopeful’s who have not changed their positions. First being Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R), he has repeatedly voted against immigration reform and critized Republican leadership in Congress for:
Cutting a deal with [Minority Leader] Harry Reid and the Democrats to give in on executive amnesty.
Next being former Senator Rick Santorum (PA-R), and finally Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. They have always been against it.
Whereas former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has praised the decision to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and has further highlighted his beliefs it was the right decision but should have been done through Congress and not by way of an executive order.GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said:
I could envision a scenario where a debate moderator asks the candidates to raise their hands if they support a path to citizenship or legalization and nobody raises their hands except Bush.