Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A fence for Canada?

About those alleged terrorists caught in Canada. While waiting for the facts to sort themselves out, should we be debating a 5,500+ mile fence along the US-Canadian border? Should we deploy the National Guard? How many Canadians are here illegally? Should they deported or should they be granted amnesty?

Ontario sits right over Wisconsin's head. Should the state dispatch troops to its northern border to protect our cheeses if the Canadians make it past the Upper Peninsula? Do we get more Homeland Security money now?

3 comments:

Chris said...

What a bad attempt at spinning illegal immigration issue and you know it. The case in Canada has nothing to do with illegal aliens or even attacks against US targets in Canada or the US, all targets were Canadian. Trying to tie this into the debate over our protecting our Southern border and immigration is absurd.

Last time I looked the number of Canadian illegal immigrants was no where near the 12 million to 20 million number of illegals who cross our southern border. Oh and yes any Illegal Canadian, Irish, Russian or Thai etc. alien should be deported if caught.

And unlike the Mexican government which aids people in breaking US law the Canadian government has made real attempts to control its side of the US/Canada border.

Your post is a sad attempt to avoid the real issue. 20 million plus illegal in this country, most having come from South of the Border.

And if it was proven there was a threat as real as the one we face on our southern border finding ways of sealing the US Canadian border would be justified. But at the moment the numbers dont show a need, unlike the Southern Border.

Nice try though

Gretchen Schuldt said...

Oh, right. And how many terrorist attacks have been launched from Mexico?

Sort of like Canada, where both sides of the border are porous.

The Christian Science Monitor reports":

"Threats posed from the northern border may not be any less than from [the] southwestern border," concludes a draft study of border vulnerabilities from the University of Southern California's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events.

Last Saturday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced the arrest of 17 people who had allegedly plotted to explode fertilizer-based bombs at important sites in Canada.

Officials alleged that the group was a homegrown terrorist cell of Islamist extremists who had even trained together in a field north of Toronto.

Some of the detainees may also have had US connections. Several of the Canadians allegedly met with two US citizens from Georgia - Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed - who are currently facing federal terrorism-related charges in the US.

US authorities charge that Sadequee, 19, and Ahmed, 21, made videos of the Capitol and other Washington sites to assess them as targets. The pair deny this, and so far there's no further evidence of a US connection to the alleged Canadian plot.

But the US border patrol says that it has still stepped up its vigilance, putting agents on the northern border on high alert and increasing inspections of incoming traffic.

"There is definitely a rampup of operations," Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar told reporters on Monday.

Still, the vast majority of border patrol agents are oriented toward the south, where the US last year intercepted more than one million people attempting to illegally enter the country.

About one thousand agents are spread out in a thin line along the north, as opposed to over ten thousand in the south. But that one thousand represents a three-fold increase over the number that guarded the 4,000-mile border with Canada in 2001.

Anonymous said...

As long as they stay in Canada, its their problem.