DECEMBER 14, 2010
While the U.S. failure to secure the Mexican border is a perpetual headliner, serious national security issues also prevail along the northern border and some of the alarming details are featured in a new government report that’s been redacted to avoid disclosing sensitive information.
It says that the U.S. Border Patrol isn’t adequately guarding a rural and dangerous stretch of the Canadian border that runs from
The investigation also includes the 800 miles of federal and tribal land situated along the Mexican border, which is equally vulnerable to illegal cross-border activity. Much has been written about that over the years, however, and the media in
Because the terrain is inaccessible and Border Patrol resources are limited, the scope of criminal activity is mostly unknown, according to the GAO findings. The Homeland Security agency responsible for protecting the border simply doesn’t have the manpower or tools to do its job in treacherous terrain spanning from
The problem is biggest in the Border Patrol’s
Smuggling of drugs and other contraband in the area is substantial, according to Border Patrol assessments included in the report, though actual figures may never be known. The agency also admits there are risks related to terrorism and gangs yet most of the sector is a low-level monitored area that remains vulnerable to exploitation.
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