Walker handled it pretty much perfectly.
During the summer of 2013, we began to see immigration amnesty activists use the Why do you want to deport my daddy? tactic against Republicans.
The tactic involves sending children to confront candidates — with the video rolling. It all was a set up, in the hope the candidate would do something stupid or mean.
Most famously, Speaker John Boehner was confronted by well-coached children while eating at his usual breakfast spot:
A similar confrontation just happened to Scott Walker, and it was all a set up by a “social justice” activist group seeking to stop deportations.
The Washington Post reports, Scott Walker tells undocumented worker that immigrants must follow the law:
As presidential hopeful Scott Walker toured a farm in this tiny town where he lived as a child, he was confronted by an undocumented worker from Mexico who is living in Wisconsin and demanded to know why Walker does not support President Obama’s plan to give temporary status to some undocumented workers, including parents of children who were born in the United States.
“We’re a nation of laws,” Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, repeatedly told Jose Flores, 38, who was joined by two of his four children, Luis, 7, and Leslie, 13, who had tears rolling down her cheeks throughout the exchange. Flores, who lives in Waukesha and works for a medical supply factory, said he and his wife live in fear of being deported and separated from their children, who he said were all born in the United States….
It was an opportunity for Walker to demonstrate how he calmly fights back against challenges from activists. He was forceful as he told the Flores family that immigrants must follow the rules, but he added, “I completely sympathize with the situation you’re all in and others are in.”
One of the activists, Sam Freeman of Wisconsin’s Voces de la Frontera, cut the governor off and shouted, “So that’s why you want to separate their family?”
The WCF Courier reported that the Voces de la Frontera not only had an activist present, it arranged the confrontation:
Walker further demonstrated his calm political style during a brief meeting meeting in Plainfield with Jose Flores and his children, Leslie, 13, and Luis, 7, about his position on immigration.
Flores traveled from Waukesha, Wis., aided by the immigration advocacy group Voces de la Frontera, to get Walker to explain his opposition to the federal orders that provide immigrants who came here illegally a temporary legal status.
At the 2:55 mark the father has the child ask an obviously rehearsed question:
“Do you want me to come home, come from school and my dad gets reported?” [sic]
The person shouting at the 20 second mark was Sam Singleton-Freeman, an organizer for Voces de la Frontera and a participant in the Cap Corps – Milwaukee 2014-2015, a Catholic “social justice” operation:
“So that’s why you want to separate their family?”
The goal is to shift the blame for the children’s difficult emotional situation from the law-breaker to the law-maker.
Walker handled the confrontation pretty much perfectly.
What the activists want is the Republican candidate either to run away and refuse to engage, or to get nasty or upset.
Walker stayed on a message that both is correct and will play well with the electorate — no one is above the law, not the illegal immigrant nor the President of the United States.
The 2013 confrontations did nothing to advance the amnesty advocates’ agenda. The 2014 elections were a complete blow-out for Republicans.
While I’m not predicting 2016, I am predicting that these contrived confrontations and use of children as political props will backfire on the amnesty advocates — so long as the Republican candidate stays calm and on message.