Patrolling the US-Canadian Borders
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Ever since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have focused their efforts not
only in preventing the entry of illegal aliens into the nation but also in keeping the terrorists and their
weapons of mass destruction from sowing destruction and chaos in our lands. Border patrol agents work
to ensure that we are all safe and secure in our homeland. They go in teams or by themselves in Texas
border patrol, California border patrol and on canadian border patrol, among others.
The International Boundary is the official name of the longest border in the world, the Canada-United
States border. It is more than 5,000 miles long and also holds the distinction of being the longest
undefended border. In contrast to the U.S.-Mexican border patrolled by an estimated 17,000 agents,
there were only a little over 300 agents on canadian border patrol. This is due in large measure to the
fact that the United States has always maintained cordial and friendly relations with Canada. Residents
from both countries can travel freely as visa requirements are generally loose as far as our Canadian
neighbors are concerned.
After the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., both counties have tightened their security measures to ensure that
their borders will not become entry points for terrorists. This is especially true after reports have
surfaced that most of those involved in the deadly attack that felled the Twin Towers and killed
thousands of people had crossed the United States via the Canadian border. After 9/11, the number
of agents from the U.S. assigned on canadian border patrol grew to around a thousand. But for a long
stretch of land, this is still considerably lacking. Aside from increasing the number of border patrol
agents, the United States started to negotiate with its northern neighbor for more information sharing
and influence as far as security and immigration controls are concerned.
Border patrol agents man the different sectors that make up the canadian border patrol. These include
the Buffalo Sector in New York, the Detroit Sector in Selfridge ANGB, Michigan, the Grand Forks Sector
in North Dakota, the Swanton Sector in Vermont and the Spokane Sector in Washington, among others.
To help ensure that illegal border crossings are detected in places where border patrol agents are not
physically present, a Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) was installed in the Buffalo Sector. Aside
from working with the United States Coast Guard, the Pennsylvania and New York State Police and
local police forces, the Buffalo Sector of the canadian border patrol also works closely with the Toronto
Police and the RCMP.
With the recent realization that our border with Canada may become an entry point for lawless
elements, the Department of Homeland Security through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are
tightening border controls. Thus, they continue to hire more people to make this possible. Those who
want a career that's both rewarding and challenging at the same time can consider becoming a border
patrol agent. More information about this noble but physically challenging profession can be found in the Border Patrol Study Guide.