A British politician is urging the UK to deploy armed troops to guard the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to stop migrants, drug traffickers, and criminals from entering the country.
David McNarry, the chairman of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), said the porous 310-mile (500-kilometer) border could be used as a backdoor entrance for criminals and terrorists sneaking into the country, according to the Express.
"I see a porous border as a national security threat. We have almost erased our border in terms of drawing a line but everyone is so laid back about it. What is scary is that it is the UK's only land border."
The west coast of the Republic of Ireland is sparsely populated, and McNarry is worried terrorists and criminals could use it to sneak into Britain, especially if the UK votes to leave the European Union, reports the Express.
"Cameron needs to spell out to the people of the UK how they will be protected from smugglers, drug dealers and people traffickers. They need to see that we're here and we'll do everything we can to stop people who wish us harm crossing the border."Britain is scheduled to vote on whether to leave the European Union, and the country is undergoing a great debate on what that exit, called Brexit, would mean for the country. McNarry, like many politicians in Europe after the Paris and Brussels terror attacks, are worried about leaving their country open to terror attacks.
The UKIP politician is worried people smugglers, migrants, drug dealers, and other criminals could gain access to the Republic of Ireland and then use the porous border with Northern Ireland to sneak into Britain, and he wants armed patrols to make sure that doesn't happen, reports the Express.
"I support patrols, active patrols. We need to have the Army asserting our sovereignty. It's a hell of a job to ask anybody to do but if you leave it then it's wide open for migration, for the clever traffickers, for the criminals."
Putting UK troops on the Irish border is no simple matter, however. Tensions between Irish communities and British troops remain high, and any military deployment is likely to spark anger from local residents.Irish citizens continue to harbor resentment toward British troops for the occupation of Ireland, and the deaths of some 363 people, including civilians, before peace was established on the island in 1998.
Most dissident groups gave up their guns, but some disgruntled members remain angry over the British occupation of Northern Ireland.
Last month, McNarry accused former Irish Republican Army members of training ISIS terrorists in the making of car bombs, and he told the Express that the IRA trained Islamic State members to avoid the suicide vest.
"Ireland has never lost its criminal society. Terrorism in Northern Ireland was and is criminal activity."Now, he's urging British Prime Minister David Cameron to deploy UK forces to the Irish border to stop a flood of criminals from entering the country.
His call clearly mirrors political ideologies endorsed by Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who is urging the U.S. to build a wall on its southern border and ban all Muslims from entering the country in an attempt to protect America from terror attacks.
What do you think? Is it necessary for the UK to deploy British troops to the Irish border?
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