According to a Wall Street Journal news update (12-20-2010), “Canada, U.S. Near Security Accord,” Canada and the U.S. are making great strides towards improving border security. The details of a new immigration and border security pact are set to be unveiled over the next few weeks. The details of the security framework will have broad implications for the U.S.-Canada relationship.
In the Summer 2010 National Strategy Forum Review, Susan Ginsburg analyzed the status of U.S.-Canada border security and provided a detailed assessment of how the challenges can be overcome. Ms. Ginsburg’s article, Securing Human Mobility at the U.S.-Canada Border, offered a six-fold strategy to secure the border. These measures include: 1) regular joint threat and risk assessments; 2) deeper mutual assistance; 3) a transatlantic privacy and data-protection framework; 4) a one-stop border pre-clearance system; 5) aligned admission standards; and 6) integrated surveillance and security operations in the border zone.
As the U.S. and Canada unveil the border security deal, Ms. Ginsburg’s strategy offers a good point of reference for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the new proposal. Will the upcoming strategy make the U.S. and Canada more secure?