Are Chris Christie And Scott Walker Out Trumping Donald Trump On Border Security?

It looks like some Republican presidential candidates are trying to out trump Donald Trump on immigration, putting forth their own out-there ideas to secure the nation’s borders.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday proposed tracking immigrants similar to the way FedEx keeps tabs of its packages. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has not ruled out building a wall along the far less controversial border between the U.S. and Canada. 

Among the many GOP 2016 campaigns, Trump, the Republican front-runner, has managed to steal the spotlight on immigration. The billionaire real estate mogul wants to build a 2,000-mile, permanent border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants, put an end to the policy known as birthright citizenship and methodically arrest and deport more than 11 million illegal immigrants with the hope that the “good ones” will eventually be let back into the country.

Walker and Christie’s latest immigration rhetoric seems aimed at differentiating themselves from the crowded Republican field and gaining traction on an issue that Trump is clearly dominating.

“They can’t figure out how to get their message across given that Trump’s eating up all of the oxygen … It is attention seeking because they can’t get attention any other way,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist and former John McCain campaign adviser. “They risk being portrayed as cartoon characters of themselves.”

Read more from Aliyah Frumin at MSNBC

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