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Why is all the focus on the Mexican border?

A recent government report states the terrorist threat from Canada is greater than from Mexico, and that only 32 miles of the border is adequately patrolled

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/02/01/1846077/report-sees-high-risk-of-terrorist.html

Why is all the focus on the Mexican border?

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:31 PM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It's true. People are smuggled across the Canadian border more than they are smuggled across the Mexican border. Seattle just found a brothel in West Lake Center a few months ago, which is like the nicest part of the city. All the girls that were kidnapped there were smuggled through Canada. So yeah, I think the focal point should be Canada as well as other borders.
    Imogine

    Answer by Imogine at 3:34 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Probably because there is a more immediate threat at the border to US citizens because of the gang/drug violence. I live in Texas and I don't even want to go near the border right now. Even some of my friends from border towns are hesitant to go home, or are ready to move their families out of that area. It's just really scary right now along the southern border.
    hippomom1919

    Answer by hippomom1919 at 3:36 PM on Feb. 15, 2011


  • Last year, the federal government spent nearly $3 billion to crack down on illegal activity along the border, making about 6,000 arrests and intercepting nearly 40,000 pounds of illegal drugs.



    The report said the northern border, a quarter of which adjoins federal or tribal lands, poses a higher risk to public safety now than the U.S.-Mexico border. Lieberman said the northern border is nearly twice as long and is lined with large population centers that make it harder to detect criminal activity. In addition, he said, Canada now has more Islamist extremist groups than Mexico does.



    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:37 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • It's not all my focus.... I posted a this question a while ago...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:40 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Because they are 2 different things. The US/Mexico border is crossed by illegals and people are being kidnapped and killed by illegals who come across. Illegals also are a drain on our states (and country) and that's why you hear so much about it. The US Canada border might be more porous to true terrorists but its true, I guess it's not considered that important by this administration or our media and the media.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:42 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Good for you grly, pat yourself on the back,,,,but believe it or not this post wasnt referring to YOU.....Maybe you should read JJB's link ...good read, reminds me of you

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:43 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • , I guess it's not considered that important by this administration or our media and the media.


    THIS admin? or ANY admin...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:43 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Because most border focus is on illegal immigrants not terrorism. There are not millions of Canadians desperate to get to the US and give up their healthcare and other benefits to labor as underpaid farm workers.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 3:44 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Opps wrong question... Can't find the question... But it was regarding this link..

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:45 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • "The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, described in a 13-page report delivered to Congress Thursday how easily they were able to penetrate the border at several spots." (Canadian Press and Associated Press, Sept. 27, 2007. "The report claims that (it) shows how easy it would be to bring in radioactive material and other contraband."

    At a Capitol Hill hearing, U.S. Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado says there's been far too much focus on the border with Mexico and not enough on the Canadian line.

    Senator Salazar claims there are more international terrorist organizations in Canada than anywhere else in the world.

    Senator Salazar is right.

    Post 9/11 evidence indicates that terrorist groups have been operating effectively in Canada by taking advantage of Canada's liberal immigration and political asylum policies and through the largely porous Canadian-American border.

    from grly's link...
    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:47 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

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