An illegal immigrant from Wisconsin traveled with his family to Iowa to confront Gov. Scott Walker about his opposition to the president's executive actions on immigration.
A video that captured the exchange between Walker and the Wisconsin resident shows Walker expressing sympathy for the man's plight, but repeatedly reiterating, "We are a nation of laws."
"The president 22 times before last November said he can't do what he did," Walker said. "He ignored the law."
An activist from Wisconsin's Voces de la Frontera, as identified by the Washington Post, sought to interrupt Walker but the governor said he wanted to speak only to the family. The illegal immigrant parent also asked about whether Walker would deport him and separate him from his family.
"Going forward, we got to fix the system, that starts with securing the border," Walker said. "We've got to enforce the law and then we go forward with a legal immigration system that puts a priority on families here in America."
Walker changed his position on whether illegal immigrants should have legalized status before announcing his presidential campaign earlier this year. He has since suffered from reports that he has said different things to various groups about his views on a pathway to citizenship and legalized status for illegal immigrants.
When questioned about his position onstage at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, Walker said, "I don't believe in amnesty." He also made a point about the nexus of immigration and crime similar to Trump's controversial comments, but his delivery garnered hardly any attention.
"There are international criminal organizations penetrating our southern base border that are pushing, not just drug cartels pushing drugs, but pushing firearms," Walker said. "They're pushing human traffic. We're not just talking about people coming across to work, we're talking about horrific examples of human trafficking."
As Walker looks to navigate a GOP primary electorate whose views on immigration may differ from the larger electorate, he will likely be forced to defend his position on immigration more frequently.