2012 DHS Northern Border Strategy

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seal

The Department of Homeland Security recently released its 2012 Northern Border Strategy, which is “the first unified strategy to guide the Department’s policies and operations along the U.S.-Canada Border.” Relations between the United States and Canada are among the world’s strongest, and the border between the two countries is the longest common border in the world. For this reason, and due to geographic, weather, and economic factors, the northern border of the U.S. presents unique challenges to security for both countries. “At more than 5,500 miles, the border spans diverse terrains and climates, metropolitan areas and vast unpopulated space. Roughly 300,000 people and $1.5 billion in trade cross the northern border every day, representing the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world.”

The 2012 Northern Border Strategy “outlines three goals for DHS at the northern border:

1) Deter and prevent terrorism and other illegal activity;
2) Safeguard and facilitate the secure flow of lawful trade and travel; and
3) Ensure community resilience to natural and man-made disasters.”

DHS will rely on a combination of methods in order to accomplish these goals, including partnerships, information, intelligence, interdictions, and investigations, personnel, technology, and infrastructure.

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To read the press release, click here

Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_4563