Northern Border, Part 1
The 4,000 mile long U.S. / Canadian border has been described
as the longest undefended border in the world.
Relations with the government of Canada remain cordial.
Canadian citizens can cross into the U.S. at will, traveling and
vacationing without an official visa. Even living and working
in the U.S. poses little problem for the Canadian citizen; visa
requirements are very lenient for our "harmless" brothers
and sisters to the north.
Soon, any American citizen wishing to fly to or
from Canada and the United States will be required to present
The Canadian border is guarded on its northern side
by the Canadian Mounties.
Anyone familiar with Canadian immigration policy
will tell you that Canada is an immigrant haven and one especially
desirable for those seeking some form of asylum. Permanent resident
status in Canada is easy to obtain even for individuals from countries
strongly suspected of supporting organized terrorism. For instance,
former Montreal, Canada resident Ahmed Ressam was an Algerian-born
Al-Qaida operative who was arrested by U.S. Immigration Inspectors
in 1999 while he attempting to bring a carload of explosives into
the United States. His intended target was the Los Angeles International
Airport. Ressam was only caught because he attempted to smuggle
his explosives through a port-of-entry. Had he been thinking,
he would have slipped across the border just a few miles to either
side of the port-of-entry and exploited the biggest weakness in
all of U.S. homeland security.
Before September 11th 2001, the U.S. government
had a only 350 Border Patrol agents along the entire Canadian
border. After September 11th, Washington awoke to Canada’s
liberal immigration policy and that its lack of border enforcement
was a recipe for disaster. The policy-makers at the Department
of Homeland Security tripled the number of Border Patrol agents
assigned to protect our northern flank. We now have in approximately
1,000 agents along our 4,000 mile northern frontier.