Chris Christie, responding to a radio caller's praise of Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, said Monday that he has never seen a wall that a "determined human being couldn't get over, under, or around."
"There’s never been a wall I’ve seen built, in the world, that a determined human being couldn’t get over, under, or around," the New Jersey governor and presidential candidate said on the Michael Medved Show. "Unless you’re gonna build it like the Berlin Wall, and you’re gonna put soldiers on it at every point, with rifles. And so my point to you is that there are other ways for us to secure the border other than wasting money on a 4,000 mile wall.”
The caller then used an analogy to describe his concerns about the immigration system, asking, “If your bathtub is overflowing, do you grab a mop or do you turn off the water, Mike?"
The host handed off the question to Christie, who said, “You do both. And that’s why you need a biometric system at the airport to monitor people who are coming in on visas and being able to monitor them when they're in there. And the idea that the purely simplistic answer of ‘build a wall’—who’s gonna guard the wall? Are you
gonna guard the wall at every mile? How is that gonna be paid for?"
"And the idea, by the way, Blaine, you don’t believe that the president of Mexico’s gonna pay for the wall, do you?” Christie added, referring to Trump's assertion that the wall he builds will be paid for by Mexico.
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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