Department of Homeland Security Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy

Cargo containers near Burrard Inlet at Port Metro Vancouver. Background shows historic Gastown buildings in the north part of the city on a winter afternoon.

Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an updated Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The vision and concrete actions established within the NBS will guide DHS’s efforts to guard the Northern border against terrorist and criminal threats while promoting vital cross-border trade and travel. This report’s wide scope includes border related issues such as: preventing terrorism and other criminal threats, disrupting illicit border activity, information sharing, protecting legal trade and travel, and continuing collaboration with Canada regarding cross-border operations, and the management of shared resources and critical infrastructure.

The three goals of the Northern Border Strategy as stated in the DHS press release are:

  1. Enhance border security operations through better information sharing, improved domain awareness, and integrated operations.
  2. Facilitate and safeguard lawful trade and travel by enhancing rapid inspection and screening, enforcing a fair trade environment, and bolstering border infrastructure.
  3. Promote cross-border resilience by supporting response and recovery capabilities between federal, state, local, tribal, and Canadian partners

This Strategy supersedes the 2012 DHS Border Strategy, and benefits from the findings of the Northern Border Threat Analysis Report which was delivered to Congress in 2017.

You can browse related resources within the Customs and Borders National Strategy series complied by the Homeland Security Digital Library. Please note: HSDL login is required to view some of these resources.