The U.S.-Canadian border has, rather unwittingly, been dragged into the Republican presidential primary campaign.
Wisconsin governor and G.O.P. presidential hopeful Scott Walker has called building a wall between the U.S. and Canada a “legitimate issue”.
Pressed twice on the issue by the interviewer, host Chuck Todd, in a talk-show conversation with NBC’s Meet the Press, Walker said Sunday: “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. 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.”
Immigration is a hot-button topic in the Republican presidential primary, with Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV star, and current Republican presidential frontrunner, having stoked the fire by promising to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
In April, Trump released a six-page paper, entitled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” outlining his proposals for dealing with what he calls an “immigration system [that] puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own.”
“A nation without borders is not a nation,” said Trump. “There must be a wall across the southern border […] Make Mexico pay for the wall.”
Refusing to dwell on the issue, however, Walker quickly shifted the conversation’s focus, choosing instead to highlight his views on how best to combat the threat posed by ISIS.
Elaborating on his foreign policy positions, Walker argued that the U.S. should “lift the restrictions” on arming Sunni and Kurdish fighters.
“It’s not a question of sending more [U.S. troops] in,” said the republican White House contender. “It’s about empowering them to unleash the power of the United States military.”
The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows Trump has the support of 23 per cent of likely Republican caucus participants, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 18 per cent. Walker currently sits in fourth place at 8 per cent.
At 8,891km long, including 2,475km shared with Alaska, the Canadian border with the United States is the longest in the world.
Weighing in when asked about Walker’s remarks Sunday, although he said he had not yet heard them himself, defence minister Jason Kenney told an Ottawa news conference that Canada would protect what he termed the largest bilateral trading relationship in economic history.
According to the Canadian Press, Kenney said: “Of course we would vigorously oppose any thickening of the border.”
JOIN TheRebel.media for more fearless news and commentary you won’t find anywhere else.
You cannot just decide to ignore the law -- and yet this is what is happening in "sanctuary" cities Hamilton and Toronto.
SIGN THE PETITION to end "sanctuary" cities for criminals