In an interview this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, Gov. Scott Walker suggested that building a wall along the country’s northern border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review. The U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long.
Republican candidates for president have often taken a get-tough approach on deterring illegal immigration, but they usually focus on the border with Mexico. Walker said voters in New Hampshire have questioned him about the Canadian border.
“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,” Walker said.
Billionaire Donald Trump is riding the issue of illegal immigration to the top of the Republican presidential primary polls. He has said he would make Mexico pay for completing a permanent wall along the border. He also says he would end automatic citizenship for babies born in the United States, which is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
Walker, at one point, echoed Trump’s call for ending birthright citizenship, but later said he’s against any such repeal. Before that, he said that he would not comment on the issues, and before that he called for giving illegal immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship.
Walker is apparently the only GOP presidential candidate who has taken every stance possible on the issue.
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