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Border Security: Opportunities and Pitfalls by Jennifer Scholtes, Rob Margetta

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What About Canada?

In American political discussions, “border security” typically translates to “Southwest border security.” The 5,500-mile U.S.-Canada line, frequently referred to by both governments as the world’s longest undefended border, is often an afterthought, both in terms of debates and resources.

“If anything, it’s a good metaphor for the entire Canada-U.S. relationship,” The Wilson Center’s Finn said. “It’s very important, but because it operates fairly well compared to some of the other places and other borders we have, it tends not to get the attention sometimes that it needs.”

Roughly $1.6 billion in goods and 300,000 people pass between the U.S. and Canada each day. According to the most recent available data, the Border Patrol ...

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