If he gets elected as the next United States President, Scott Walker said that he will consider building the U.S.-Canada wall to fix the threat of terrorism posed by migrants crossing the borders. His statement comes as another GOP candidate, Donald Trump, said he will also build a beautiful wall on the borders for the same reason.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Walker said that while he is most concerned about the southern U.S. border, he is more open in building a wall to secure the northern border. The U.S.-Canada line, after all, is the longest international border in the world, measuring over 5,500 miles.
“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,” Walker told NBC.
This same goal was previously echoed in Trump’s speech Wednesday in New Hampshire. The controversial candidate told audience that to end illegal immigration, he will “build the greatest wall that you’ve ever seen.”
“If they call it the Trump Wall, it has to be beautiful,” Trump was quoted as saying by USA Today.
Bobby Jindal, on the other hand, did not mention about building walls but was very vocal about securing the borders. Speaking on CBC’s “Face The Nation,” Jindal said that securing the borders will only take just six months. As for the immigrants, the candidate further argued that they “should learn English and adopt our values, roll up their sleeves, and get to work.”
“We need to insist on assimilation. You know, in Europe they’re not doing that. They’ve got huge problems. Immigration without assimilation is invasion. That can weaken our country,” Jindal said.
Chris Christie, meanwhile, has a more extraordinary suggestion in order to address the problem of undocumented immigrants. If elected as president, he will track them like how FedEx track their packages.
“I’m going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people,” Christie was quoted as saying by CNN.
“You go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” he went on explaining. He added that the government “needs to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up,” he said.
The Republican candidates seemed to have valid reason in having immigration policy as the major focus of their campaign platforms. According to a Pew Research in July, there were 11.3 unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2014. They make up 3.5 percent of the U.S.’s population. The research also found that half of all unauthorized immigrants or 52 percent are Mexicans. There were 5.9 million Mexican unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S., the report said.
Meanwhile, data from the U.S. Centers Bureau’s Population Estimates Program revealed that in 2013 alone, there were 1.2 million immigrants in the country. China was the top-sending country with 147,000 immigrants. The number is followed by India with 129,000, and then Mexico, which has 125,000.