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Walker would consider building wall on Canadian border

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is open to the idea of building a wall along America’s northern border with Canada, he said on Sunday.

Given that the northern border poses a potential risk for terrorists to bleed into the U.S., the Republican presidential candidate said he would not rule out a wall to increase security there.

“That is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” Walker said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

{mosads}“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,” he added.

“I think we need to secure borders in general.” 

Like many of his competitors in the GOP presidential primary, Walker has consistently called for stronger defenses along the southern border with Mexico, including the creation of a wall to keep out people crossing into the U.S. illegally — including potential terrorists.

“It only makes sense to me that, if part of what we’re trying do is protect ourselves — and set aside immigration for a minute — but protect ourselves from risk out there, I think we should make sure we have a secure border,” he added.

Potential walls on both borders would be just one element of stronger national defenses, he maintained.

“It wasn’t just about building a wall and securing our borders,” Walker said. “It was also about making sure our intelligence community has the ability for counterterrorism and the ability to go after the infrastructure they need to protect us.”

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