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ANOTHER BORDER Issue

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ANOTHER BORDER Issue

While so much time and energy and political capital is being spent focusing on the border between the United States and Mexico, everybody seems to have forgotten our northern border with Canada.

On February 25, in my article for NOQ Report entitled “Things to consider about the border wall,” I stated:

“The Mexican border is only one conduit of illegal aliens into the USA. It’s beyond our scope here to look at the much, much longer Canadian border which has been very vulnerable to penetration in the past including via the Great Lakes. Not even considering the border between Alaska and Canada.”

Now the time has come to look north as well as south. The United States border with Mexico is 1,954 miles from the Pacific coast of California to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The Canadian border from the Pacific coast of Washington State to the Atlantic coast of Maine is 3,987 miles. Then there is 1,538 miles of border between Alaska and Canada. That’s a total length of 5,525 miles.

The Mexican border includes big cities, cacti and rattlesnakes in the desert, and the Rio Grande River. The Canadian border includes mountains, prairies, lakes, forests and tundra. On both borders, the terrain can be very inhospitable. But there’s a lot more snow and ice up north.

Just today, news reports are that the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been providing Congress with data and statistics about how overwhelmed CBP is with the influx of illegal aliens on the southern border. The reason we also need to look north to Canada is that when CBP has to augment resources on the Mexican border, they will have to be reallocated from somewhere else.

CBP has three basic types of Ports of Entry. There are the landborder ports with Mexico and Canada. There are also international airports and seaports.

CBP Officers are being taken from southern Ports of Entry to assist the Border Patrol ~ which handles everything between POEs ~ in caring for those who are detained. This can mean closure of vehicle lanes. It will mean longer wait times for people coming in by vehicle or on foot legally. It will also delay commercial goods coming in by truck or by rail.

But most importantly, it will strain enforcement posture in the Ports of Entry not only against illegal aliens but also for interdiction of drugs and other contraband. Whether or not CBP Officers are sent to temporary duties to backfill at POEs on the Mexican border, the attention of the agency executive leadership and the finite resources will be focused on that southwest border.

All of this needs to be dropped in the lap of the United States Congress, both Senate and House of Representatives. The prima donnas on Capitol Hill need to get out of their ivory towers and face reality.

One of the most despicable denizens of Washington DC is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff from beautiful downtown Burbank, California. In a position that needs bipartisanship to the nth degree to face national security issues of concern to all Americans, Congressman Schiff chooses instead to spew his hatred toward President Trump and hinder all efforts to secure our borders.

I know that’s a lot of background, but many of you may say why worry about Canada? Why now? Why ever?

Does anybody still remember the attempted Millennial Bomber? This could be another complete article by itself. Suffice it here to say that a Muslim terrorist attempted unsuccessfully to enter the United States in December 1999 via a car ferry from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles, Washington on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. He mistakenly assumed it would be a weak point enforcement wise.

After the terrorist attacks of 9-11-2001, U.S. Customs Inspectors were sent to augment security on the Canadian border. Whoever made that decision at the highest level obviously had reason to believe that additional threats could be coming from that direction.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a total farce of Canada’s immigration system. Members of the Canadian Parliament are dealing with a leader who does not appreciate the necessity of national security. I have no interest in the internal politics of our friends up north. But it does make Canada a magnet for people who would like to enter the United States from there.

But just how easy is it for someone to cross the border from Canada to our own country? For many years, this border was touted as the longest unfortified national boundary in the world between two friendly neighbors.

Indeed, all things considered, Canada has been and remains a good neighbor despite politicians who come and go both here and there with differing priorities. Former PM Stephen Harper was a true leader of the western world while Barack Obama was running rampant down here. But the pendulum has swung and Canada has gone liberal.

There are actually towns that straddle the border between Canada and the United States. There are even buildings that are partly in both countries.

The first picture below is of the border just east of Lynden Washington.

Lynden Washington

The next satellite shot is of Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation which is on the border between New York State and the Province of Quebec. Native Americans or First Nations as they’re called in Canada can easily move freely on their own land despite the border. That, of course, is not a problem.

Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation

But there have been open source reports over the years of people from the Middle East and around the world showing up in that area. Those who want to enter the United States for nefarious purposes will always look for the path of least resistance.

Four of the five Great Lakes are shared between the United States and Canada. Only Lake Michigan is entirely within the USA. But the international boundary runs in the waters of Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario. There have been efforts for decades to monitor those who take small vessels across from Canada into this country. Right now, with what’s happening on the Mexican border, that situation on the Great Lakes is probably near the bottom of everybody’s in-basket. Or, of course, nowhere near their in-basket.

Great Lakes

A visible line of 1,349 miles runs through forested borderlands caused by a slashing of trees between the two countries as a demarcation of the boundary between the United States and Canada. There is no wall to deter border crossers.

demarcation of the boundary

The Mexican border is important because hordes of people are trying to overwhelm resources and come into the United States illegally. Among the majority coming for economic reasons, there are absolutely Islamic terrorists and others of mal-intent who penetrate the caravans. It has long been a priority to intercept Other Than Mexicans [OTM] who are sneaking in to do us harm.

That’s why it’s so crucial to get the southwest border under control ~ because it is taking resources and attention away from other vulnerable entry points. A terrorist intent on detonating a Weapon of Mass Destruction in New York City would have an exponentially greater chance of success if transiting through Canada while politicians, media and the general public have frozen their gaze on Mexico.

A report on March 9, 2019 by NBC News confirms a spike in attempted illegal border crossings from Canada into the United States. That, of course, is only the ones who got caught and that we therefore know about.

So, a word to the wise, if there be any still left in our nation’s capital. The large numbers of illegal aliens are coming over the Mexican border. But don’t be misled. Be it via Ports of Entry or in between, the really evil ones who wish to do us harm will be coming through Canada!

Port Angeles and Millennial bomber

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Trump: ‘Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens’

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Trump Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens

One of the promises the President made through much of the 2016 election season was deportation. His views shifted throughout the campaign as he acknowledged the difficulty of deporting tens of millions of illegal immigrants while simultaneously saying it needed to be done. Some have called this a broken promise since deportation numbers have not reached the levels many expected, but that may be changing very soon.

In two Tweets, the President said, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”

In calling out the Democrats, the President referred to their continuous blocking of any actions that could actually help solve our border crisis, from the wall to border patrol resources to fixing the loopholes asylum seekers use to cross the border and get released to the interior while awaiting their hearing. As acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan noted last week, 90% of recent migrants haven’t shown up for their asylum hearings and were issued removal orders.

Are these the “illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States” the President was referencing? Though the numbers are high, they have not reached into the millions just yet. But combined with standing removal orders already on the books, the deportation potential does hit seven digits.

This was one of the few promises the President hadn’t kept yet, but it appears the deportation machine at ICE is getting ramped up. Finally. This is a great first step towards dissuading entry in the first place.

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U.S. halts new aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras until steps are taken to end border crisis

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US halts new aid to El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras until steps are taken to end border crisis

The State Department announced Monday the United States will discontinue sending new foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras until the Central American nations take “concrete action” to curb the flow of illegal immigrants to our southern border.

“We completed a review, and previously awarded grants and contracts will continue with current funding,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. “State Department assistance in support of priorities of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security priorities to help the Northern Triangle governments take actions that will protect the U.S. border and counter transnational organized crime will also continue.”

In March, President Trump said he would stop sending aid until they figure out how to do their part to stop the border crisis.

Ortagus continued, “We will not provide new funds for programs in those countries until we are satisfied the Northern Triangle governments are taking concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming to the U.S. border.”

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Jack Posobiec said, in one word, how this should make us all feel.

But, of course, I have a few more words than that. I’ve always acknowledged the border crisis must be handled on multiple fronts as past presidents have tried to strengthen security. But Trump is the first to try to force nations at the sources of the problem to get fixed. First, he negotiated with Mexico to do their part. Now, he’s asking the same from the Northern Triangle nations to do the same.

If the people have no reason to leave, they won’t. But as long as they are made to feel they need to come to America to have a normal life, they’ll continue to try to do so. It’s good that not all aid is being held back, as much of it is used to benefit us. But the threat of no new aid is big as all three nations rely on the United States to operate their own governments.

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I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment…

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It behooves these countries to do what they can to retain their citizens. With as much as 1/3rd of their populations claiming to want to come to America, these countries must do more to help themselves.

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American citizens first: Why Ron DeSantis signed Florida sanctuary city ban

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American citizens first Why Ron DeSantis signed Florida sanctuary city ban

The critics are already out in full force, many of whom are trying to legally attack the new sanctuary city law signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. But as the smoke clears from the signing of the law, the motives behind it are not being discussed by those who oppose it.

As the end of the day, it comes down to putting American citizens first, a notion that seems to be anathema to the left.

According to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, “It absolutely gives us the ability to partner with federal law enforcement agencies to make sure we’re doing everything we can to fight illegal immigration.”

In the response by the sheriff, we get to see the heart of the matter: partnership. Law enforcement has demonstrated time and time again when there’s cooperation, information sharing, trust, and coordination, the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. The bad guys want nothing more than for law enforcement agencies to stop working together. It makes it easier to evade capture and continue breaking the law when agencies in a sanctuary city defy orders from federal law enforcement, including ICE.

Critics argue that illegal immigrants are not the “bad guys,” but as I’ve covered on this site ad nauseum, there is no shortage of very bad people coming into our country illegally and continuing to do their deeds. Many of them have received protection from sanctuary cities. This must be put to an end.

The Governor invoked the standard talking points about the new law, but it really does come down to a compassionate appreciation of the plight of people who want to be in this country that is rightly superseded by the safety of American citizens.

Stopping sanctuary cities is not about punishing immigrants, as the Democrats like to claim. It’s about keeping American citizens, legal immigrants, and even most illegal immigrants safe from the criminal aliens living here.

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