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Border Fence, Eh?: Four In 10 Americans Want Wall Separating U.S. From Canada, Poll Says

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Though most of the debate around border control focuses on the boundary between the U.S. and its southern neighbor, Mexico, a recent poll by Bloomberg Politics found 41 percent of Americans think there should be a wall between the U.S. and Canada. The same percentage favor a wall on the Mexican border.

The idea of a wall at the U.S.-Canada border was promoted by Wisconsin Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, but he later avoided the subject, CityNews reported.

Ironically, in the same poll, 80 percent of respondents said they believe the U.S. has historically thrived because of immigration.

Jake Crosan, 73, a retired truck driver from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, told Bloomberg he favors a Canadian border wall if one is erected on the southern side of the country.

“If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way,” said Crosan, a Donald Trump supporter. “It’s desolate up there in some places on the Canadian border and they’ve gotta do something up there to stop them from coming in.”

Crosan added that he believes it’s financially viable to build a wall along the 5,525 mile border the U.S., not including Alaska, shares with Canada.

“The money we would save by keeping the illegals out would pay for itself,” he said. “They’re taking our jobs, and the more people we get back to work, they pay taxes. It’ll pay for itself.”

Though Canada is known for producing many enviable things, including maple syrup, polite people and hockey, undocumented immigrants aren’t one of them. According to the Pew Research Center, 1.1 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States hail from the Great White North.

Sources: CityNews, Pew Research Center, Bloomberg News / Photo Credit: James Brooks/Flickr, Gavin St. Ours/Flickr