Securing the U.S.-Canada Border

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?

Ms. Ginsburg’s new book, Securing Human Mobility in the Age of Risk, has been very well received by security analysts.  The book is available for purchase at the Brookings Institute.

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