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According to a 2006 Pew Hispanic Center study, nearly half of the 12 million-plus illegal aliens in America arrived legally with temporary, non-immigrant visas.
The US northern border with Canada, running nearly 4,000 miles, is the longest undefended border in the entire world, according to the GAO.
Crossing our southern border at most places requires a long and dangerous walk with few if any roads not covered by border agents. Crossing our northern border is an easy walk and has hundreds of unwatched roads that merge into our highway system after only a mile or two. Our northern border is protected by only 1,000 border agents, or one agent for every four miles (one for every 12 miles if you consider they are divided into three working shifts). Our southern border is protected by 12,000 border agents, or six agents for every mile
To illustrate, Kutz said GAO investigators trying to enter the country from the north found several ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada border unmanned and unmonitored. He said at one site, they succeeded in simulated smuggling of radioactive and other contraband materials into the United States.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered an internal review and update on all departmental activities, programs and strategies for protecting the land border between the United States and Canada. Part of protecting that border includes using information technology systems.
The secretary issued a directive Jan. 23 that focuses on northern border strategy. An initial report is due by Feb. 10, and the final report is due by Feb. 17. The reports will cover current vulnerabilities, strategies for reducing vulnerabilities, requirements to carry out the strategies, and an overview of existing programs, budgets, timeframes and risks, Napolitano said in a news release.
After a couple of false starts, Predator unmanned drone aircraft are scheduled to start roaming the Canadian border next week.
Originally posted by ChrisF231
Some points to remember:
1) Canada is a stable and thriving democratic nation.
2) Due to what was stated above, Canada is not on the verge of falling apart.
3) Canada's military and law enforcement agencies are not plagued by corruption and incompetence. Canada's military is one of the best in the world despite their issues with manpower and funding.
4) Canada actually protects their side of the border via the Canadian Border Services Agency (formerly the seperate Canadian Customs Service and the Canadian Immigration Service) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They also have the Canadian Rangers and Inuit scout units that protect the far north in the Arctic area.
5) AFAIK there has not been a significant drug or illegal immigrant smuggling issue from Canada nor has the issue of Islamic terrorism been an issue in Canada.
Mexico on the other hand is the exact opposite of each of those points.
So far, however, there is little evidence they are. Using newspaper reports and government documents, Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke of the Nixon Center have painstakingly compiled a database of 373 known or suspected terrorists in North America or Western Europe since 1993. In a forthcoming essay in the journal Terrorism and Political Violence, they disclose their findings: Not one terrorist has entered the United States from Mexico. And they're not the only ones who have reached that conclusion. As a recent paper published by Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism notes, "it does not appear that authorities have apprehended even a single terrorist trying to cross over the southern border into the United States."
However, the Border Patrol has released such figures to Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Republican from Colorado and a crusader for increased efforts to stop illegal immigration. Tancredo has released the figures publicly, and the Border Patrol doesn't dispute their authenticity.
The figures confirm that large numbers of non-Mexicans are caught coming across the Mexican border illegally each year, and a tiny fraction of them are from the seven nations mentioned in the ad. During the three years immediately following the attacks of September 2001 – the years covered by the figures Tancredo has released so far – the Border Patrol reported capturing a total of 946 persons from the seven nations attempting to enter illegally. However, only 320 of those were caught at the Mexican border, where the ad's sponsors want to build a fence. Nearly twice as many were caught coming in from Canada and other points. In all, 472 were apprehended at the Canadian border, and 154 were apprehended in the Miami, New Orleans and Puerto Rico regions of the Border Patrol.
What would like, a fifty foot high wall around America ?
Originally posted by Aeons
so you WANT to spend tons of money on a useless project that also happens to fee the isolationism that will undermine your economy.......