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While much of the focus is on the U.S.-Mexico border, officials say the norther border with Canadian is a cause for concern on its own.
With little more than “a split rail fence that you’d find in any ordinary backyard,” CBS New York said in a report aired on Wednesday that smuggling has become a major problem for border agents.
“We see alien smuggling. We see narcotic smuggling. We see currency smuggling,” Border Patrol operations officer Brad Brandt said.
And New York City — just 300 miles away — is a key target for all the illegal activity and the violence that often accompanies it.
But drugs are just a part of the story, according to CBS New York.
“Our primary mission, of course, is to stop a terrorist,” Brandt said.
Border Control division chief Bradley Curtis told the CBS flagship station said “there are radicalized groups that are in Canada — that is a tremendous concern to us.”
Canada’s more lenient open-door policy toward Syrian refugees is also a factor.
“Up here we’re encountering people from every single country,” Curtis added. “They’re coming across on snowmobiles. They’re coming across on ATVs. Of course, we have 95 miles of water boundaries, so people come across on boat, canoes, anything you can think of.”
Agents have seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana and millions of dollars in illegal currency coming into the U.S., CBS New York reported.
But officials say they need more troops.
“We’ve actually asked to double the man power,” Curtis said. “There’s only so many border patrol agents in the country allowed. We’re competing with the southwest border.”
It might help matters to get presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to take notice of their plight, since he drew so much attention to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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