The Canadian border, just 300 miles from New York City, and a CBS2 investigation found that it presents a very serious danger to our security. They are seeing aliens, drugs, trafficking and it’s an easy route for terrorists who are camped out in Canada. Border Patrol is very short-staffed.
All that separates the two countries for miles at a time is a split rail fence that you’d find in any ordinary backyard. During DuBois’ tour, Border Control Division Chief Bradley Curtis spotted a horse that can cross the border with no trouble.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
“We see alien smuggling. We see narcotic smuggling. We see currency smuggling,” Border Patrol Operations Officer Brad Brandt said.
Agents said much of that activity is heading directly to New York City and our suburbs where the product is sold on our streets.
“There is a significant amount of violence that is associated with these drugs,” Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Laravia said.
Drugs are only part of the problem.
“Our primary mission of course, is to stop a terrorist,” Brandt said.
And some spots could be easy points of entry.
“There are radicalized groups that are in Canada — that is a tremendous concern to us,” Curtis said regarding terrorism threats.
They said Canada’s more open-door policy toward Syrian refugees is also of concern.
“Up here we’re encountering people from every single country,” Curtis said. “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 say they win daily battles. In the last year, agents seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana and millions of dollars in illegal currency coming into the U.S.
Going out of the country, they stop shipments of a wide variety of illegal guns.
To win the larger war, agents say, they need more troops.
“We’ve actually asked to double the man power. There’s only so many border patrol agents in the country allowed. We’re competing with the southwest border,” Curtis said.
The sector currently only has about 300 agents covering about 300 miles, including a large Indian reservation that’s an attractive route for smugglers.
We have areas in this country, that cannot be used by Americans because the cartels have taken them over.
There have been warnings but people don’t want to believe it or don’t care.