Photo: U.S.-Canada Border
A recent government report states that with little security at our northern border, the U.S. biggest terrorist threats are likely to come from those entering at the Canadian border, not Mexico.
Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said he found the report “absolutely alarming” at a news conference on Capitol Hill. The report states that along the 4,000-mile long border from Washington to Maine, less than one percent is adequately protected, and Lieberman expressed that it provides “easy passage into America by extremists, terrorists and criminals whose purpose clearly is to harm the American people.
The report pointed out that the northern border now poses a higher risk than the U.S.-Mexico border, which is actually half as long. The Canadian border is also lined with bigger-population centers, making it harder to find see signs of criminal activity. To add to Lieberman’s worry, is the fact that Canada now has more Islamic extremist groups than Mexico.
The report states that while last year, the government spent close to $3 billion attempting to stop criminal activity along the border, it is still not doing enough.
It suggested an increase in federal oversight to reduce “potential exploitation by terrorists, alien smuggling, trafficking of illicit drugs and other contraband and criminal activity,” but did conclude it would be a “daunting task” to secure the border.
With so much focus being put on the U.S.-Mexico border, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine pointed out that terrorist will turn to our northern border to enter America, and are more likely to find “a weak link” up there.
“It is truly shocking that we have total control of 32 miles of a 4,000 mile border. ... There is a great deal of work to be done.”