Re­port: Drug traf­fick­ing, not im­mi­gra­tion, a prob­lem on Canada bor­der

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

Amer­ica’s north­ern bor­der with Canada re­mains safe, with il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion barely a blip and the big­gest ter­ror­ism dan­ger be­ing home­grown rad­i­cal Cana­di­ans seek­ing to en­ter the U.S. legally, the Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment said Thurs­day.

Drug traf­fick­ing is the big­gest prob­lem, with heavy reg­u­lar le­gal traf­fic pro­vid­ing the per­fect cover for co­caine and metham­phetamine go­ing north to Canada, and smaller amounts of fen­tanyl, mar­i­juana and MDMA cross­ing south into the U.S., the depart­ment said.

Fewer than 1,000 il­le­gal im­mi­grants are nabbed by the bor­der pa­trol each year in the north­ern bor­der, and even then, most of them ac­tu­ally snuck in from Mex­ico and made their way north be­fore be­ing caught.

By con­trast, hun­dreds of thou­sands of il­le­gal im­mi­grants are ap­pre­hended at the south­ern bor­der each year, and non-Mex­i­cans make up a large por­tion, with Mex­ico serv­ing as a tran­sit point for those from Cen­tral Amer­ica and else­where.

The gov­ern­ment said there are dan­gers, given the large ex­panse of the bor­der and the heavy le­gal traf­fic that al­ready crosses back and forth, but said few ap­pear to be ex­ploit­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

“Known il­le­gal cross­ings on the north­ern bor­der con­form to es­tab­lished mi­gra­tion pat­terns be­tween large pop­u­la­tion cen­ters. Ter­rain, weather, and dis­tance are fac­tors that con­strain il­le­gal mi­grant travel in re­mote ar­eas of the bor­der,” the depart­ment said.

The new re­port is an ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary of the North­ern Bor­der Threat Anal­y­sis Re­port, which Congress asked for.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment said that drug traf­fick­ing is the big­gest prob­lem along the Cana­dian bor­der. Heavy, reg­u­lar traf­fic pro­vides cover for drugs go­ing north.

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