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Bernie Sanders: Border Wall Unnecessary, 'Trumped Up' Idea

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks to a crowd gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center during a campaign rally on March 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 21 Mar 2016 08:25 AM

Bernie Sanders said Saturday at an Arizona press conference that a border wall was not needed between the United States and Mexico, and touted improved immigration policies as an alternative solution.

Sanders, the Vermont U.S. senator who is running a heated race against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, said during the news conference that border patrol should concentrate on technological solutions to border crossings, instead of a wall, according to the Nogales International.

"Having a fair and humane immigration policy does not mean we do not have a secure border," Sanders said. "But it certainly does not mean building a wall across the U.S.-Mexican border."

Sanders called the illegal immigration controversy problem "trumped up" and an "exaggerated problem," and pointed to a Pew Research Center study suggesting more people are now moving from the United States to Mexico.

"We don't need a wall and we don't need barbwire," Sanders said, according to ABC News.

"We need to fix our broken criminal justice system. First and foremost, it goes without saying that we need comprehensive immigration reform, we need to take 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows, out of fear, and we need to provide them with legal protection, and we need to provide them with a path toward citizenship."

Sanders' comments come in contrast to that of many Republican candidates, like real estate mogul Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, who both have touted securing the border as a high priority.

Cruz said in a stop in Douglas, Arizona, on Friday, that President Barack Obama has politicized the issue and supported illegal immigration, the Douglas Dispatch reported.

"Whether you're in Arizona or Texas when you visit with ranchers living on the border, the answers you hear are the same," Cruz said in Douglas, according to the newspaper. "We know how to solve this problem. What is missing is the political will to get it done.

"If I am elected president in January 2017 that is going to end. We will solve this problem, we will secure the border and we will end illegal immigration. … We are going to use the full force and power of the federal government to secure these borders working in close coordination with state and local law enforcement," Cruz added.

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