Heightened security at U.S.-Canada border catching few terror suspects

April 20, 2009
Homeland Security News, Immigration
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Two Border Patrol agents board a bus in upstate New York, asking everyone “What’s your nationality?” Prove you’re allowed to be here.

A canine barks at a knapsack. Its owner is a legal Chinese refugee with fear in her eyes. Border Patrol agents have found her with a marijuana cigarette. Hours later, she’s still being detained.

This is the face today of the U.S. Border Patrol in the North. Operating up to 100 miles from Canada with a federal mandate to catch terrorists, agents now crouch in the Vermont snow, ride horseback in Montana and patrol ferry terminals in Washington state. For thousands of working immigrant families, it is a frightening specter. (Seattle PI)