During an interview on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he is very interested in a wall along the Canadian border. Border security has been a topic discussed by the GOP candidates running for president. Walker said that building a wall along the country’s northern border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review. Republicans typically take a tough approach on securing the southern border, but few have said a wall should also be built along the U.S. –Canada border.
Talk of constructing a towering wall at the nation’s southern border became a hot topic for Republicans after the first GOP debate and consistent mention of it by Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Trump has said he would build a “big, beautiful wall” on the border to keep undocumented immigrants out. In fact, there is currently 700 miles of fencing along the southern border already, and apprehensions of those crossing illegally are at some of the lowest numbers they’ve been in the last decade.
Walker was asked Sunday morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he wanted to build a wall on the northern border, too. Walker said some people in New Hampshire have asked the campaign about the topic.
They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
Terrorist attacks have been plotted in Canada — including the so-called “Millennium plot,” a foiled 2000 plan in which an Algerian national planned to cross into the United States from Canada and bomb the Los Angeles International Airport. Walker has focused his immigration remarks on enforcing U.S. laws already on the books in recent weeks. He ran into trouble two weeks ago after GOP front-runner Donald Trump proposed repealing the Fourteenth Amendment’s mandate that children born in the United States automatically become citizens, regardless of their parents’ legal status.
Walker first said he favored Trump’s idea of repealing birthright citizenship. He backed off that stance days later, telling a reporter that he hasn’t taken a position. And then last Sunday, he said that he isn’t advocating any changes to laws on the books — including the Fourteenth Amendment. Walker has continued to stress the need to “secure borders in general.” “We spend all this money on TSA, but I think right now one of the most rampant spots is on our southern-based border.” The U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long.