Scott Walker: U.S.-Canada wall a 'legitimate' idea
Posted: Aug 31, 2015 10:46 AM CDT
Washington (CNN) It's not just the southern border: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says it's \"legitimate\" to discuss building a wall separating the United States from Canada, as well.
The Republican presidential contender said the idea of a northern border has come up while he has campaigned in New Hampshire.
In an interview for \"Meet the Press\" available online, Walker said his tough talk to securing the borders and enforcing U.S. laws extends to the 5,525-mile Canadian border as well.
It's a shift from most campaign-trail rhetoric, which has focused on the United States' border with Mexico, where millions undocumented immigrants have entered the country.
\"Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire,\" Walker said. \"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.
Despite taking three different positions in the course of a week, Walker insisted Sunday on NBC, his stance has been consistent.