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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!

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

Opinion

An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Guns and Crime

Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

Opinion

On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

Final Thoughts

As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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Cher’s argument against releasing illegal immigrants in her city sounds almost conservative

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Chers argument against releasing illegal immigrants in her city sounds almost conservative

Singer, actress, and Twitter grammar villain Cher was so passionate about protecting illegal immigrants a couple of years ago, specifically DREAMers, that she offered her own home to house some and called on others in the entertainment industry to do the same.

That was a year and a half ago. Today, things have changed. President Trump wants the migrants who are currently being released to the interior in areas close to where they’re apprehended in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to instead be given their hearing papers and released to sanctuary cities, especially in California.

This idea doesn’t seem to work for Cher, and she makes an oddly conservative argument as to why she thinks it’s a bad idea.

It isn’t just her state that can’t take care of its own. This is a problem across the country, though far-leftist California has definitely squandered its riches much more than most states. Nevertheless, the argument she makes about why illegal immigrants shouldn’t be brought to Los Angeles is the same argument the entire country can make.

In other words, they shouldn’t be released into the interior at all, sanctuary city or not.

The hypocrisy of the left is most notable in places like Los Angeles where Hollywood elites are all about making everyone else handle the problems of their flawed collective ideology. Cher’s argument is applicable everywhere.

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