Canadian Border Poses Higher Terrorism Threat than Mexican Border

Criminal networks smuggling drugs, money and people across the large expanses of wilderness along the U.S.-Canada border pose a greater threat to U.S. security than the more accessible, heavily patrolled Mexican border, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The “lack of a serious law-enforcement presence along more than 99 percent of the 4,000-mile Canadian border was problematic,” a report issued by the Government Accountability Office in December says. The border encompasses densely forested lands that are difficult to patrol and lakes and rivers that are vulnerable to small smuggling vessels in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Low-flying aircraft that terrorists or smugglers can use to penetrate U.S. airspace also pose a major threat.

Even with limited federal, state and local law enforcement presence in those remote areas, “Homeland Security's $3 billion law-enforcement effort resulted in about 6,000 arrests and the seizure of some 40,000 pounds of illegal drugs along the Canadian border,” according to the GAO.

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