Steve Kornacki, senior writer for Salon, on Wednesday night told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that former Massachessuts Gov. Mitt Romney was going to have a hard time "etch-a-sketching" away from his support for controversial immigration laws.

Romney has previously called Arizona’s immigration policies “a model” for the country and had appointed Kris Kobach, who helped author the law, as his immigration adviser. Romney later tried to distance himself from Kobach.

Kornacki noted that Romney would have very little wiggle room when it came to distancing himself from controversial immigration policies, a prospect that could hurt his chances with Latino voters.

"But this is quickly going to become a specific, policy-oriented discussion at some point," Kornacki said. "Ok, you're president, Congress passes an Arizona law, what do you do?"

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