Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Monday responded to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Sunday comment that a wall along the U.S.-Canada border is a “legitimate issue” to consider.
“That’s a pretty dumb idea,” Paul said on Boston Herald Radio when asked to respond to Walker’s suggestion.
“There have been a lot of dumb ideas put out,” Paul continued. “One, that the Mexicans will pay for a wall, was probably the dumbest of dumb ideas. But putting a wall up between us and Canada is sort of a ridiculous notion. It is sort of like everybody is now competing to say, ‘Oh no, I’ll put them in camps. Oh no, I’ll throw them out. Oh no, I’ll put everyone in jail. And I’ll have an electric fence, and I’ll do this.’ And it’s like, you know, the biggest thing we need to do is have a functioning immigration system, with a good work program.”
He later lamented that the Republican presidential candidates have “gotten into this shouting match about who can build a bigger wall.”
Walker made the remarks on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he said he has heard from New Hampshire residents with concerns 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,” he said on Sunday.
H/t Huffington Post