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The Monitor's View The global call for more border walls

Donald Trump’s promise of a secure wall on the US-Mexican border reflects a trend in many nations to fortify their boundaries. A better course lies in more cooperation between countries and tackling root causes of perceived border threats.

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If he were to occupy the Oval Office, Donald Trump promises to build a “beautiful” wall along the entire US-Mexican border. Not to be outdone as a fellow GOP presidential hopeful, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is willing to “look at” putting a wall on the US-Canadian border – the longest border between countries in the world. Such campaign talk about building a Fortress America may seem odd to the rest of the world. Yet the United States could be joining a trend. The number of nations placing walls, fences, or other physical barriers on their borders is on the rise.

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