Now that Canada has decided to admit 25,000 Syrian refugees in by year-end, farmers and ranchers in northern Montana, which shares a 500-mile border with Canada, are setting up vigils to assist U.S. Border agents.
They trust the Canadian government’s assertion that the refugees with be adequately vetted as much as they trust their own president’s.
Most of the attention is focused on the shorter southern border with Mexico — where 18,000 border agents are deployed to patrol 1,933 miles. There are only 2,200 agents patrolling the 3,987 mile U.S.-Canadian border. The Alaska-Canadian border is an additional 1,538 miles.
The Canada Free Press reported:
The rhetoric of politicians like Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau are cold comfort to the the roughly 100 ranchers who span Montana’s border with Canada.
The ranchers don’t have to see what’s going on with the influx of illegals on the boob tube, they see what’s happening by dint of holding front row seats to the movement of illegals over the unprotected northern border, with their only separation being miles of prairie grass.
The ranchers and farmers—so good at their jobs because they have to be—are credited by U.S. Border Patrol agent Andrew Herdina, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council—the border patrol union—as being “our best asset”
Herdina said the the approximate 100 farmers and ranchers along the Montana-Canadian border is more effective in tracking illegal crossings than border agents and surveillance aircraft.
“The people up here will report people who cross the border, “Janas Strauser, owner of 66 Ranch on the border said. “The ranchers and farmers call them in.”
The expansive northern border offers a far better route for terrorists to enter the United States.
“The terrorist threat on the northern border is higher (than on the Mexican border), given the large expanse of area with limited law enforcement coverage,” a 2011 report by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office said.
Forty miles south of Canada in Havre, waitress Jenny Van Cleve remains apprehensive over the coming wave of Syrian refugees about to enter Canada.
“The border is so easy to cross, pretty much anywhere,” she said, according to Reuters. “And there are abandoned houses all over the place to hide out in. We have farmer friends who find people in their buildings all the time. It’s scary.”
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