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Levin calls for strengthened security at northern border


Jul 31, 2020
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) is calling for increased security at the northern border after a Government Accountability Office report found that less than one percent of the U.S. – Canada border has an acceptable level of security.
The GAO reportsaid that Customs and Border Patrol does not have the ability to detect illegal activity across most of the northern border because it is mostly remote and inaccessible by traditional patrol methods.
DHS reports that the terrorist threat on the northern border is higher [than on the southern border], given the large expanse of area with limited law enforcement coverage. There is also a great deal of trade and travel across this border, and while legal trade is predominant, DHS reports networks of illicit criminal activity and smuggling of drugs, currency, people, and weapons between the two countries.
DHS reported spending nearly $3 billion in its efforts to interdict and investigate illegal northern border activity in fiscal year 2010, annually making approximately 6,000 arrests and interdicting approximately 40,000 pounds of illegal drugs at and between the northern border ports of entry.
“I have serious concerns that lack of coordination between Immigration and Customs Enforcement Personnel and Border Patrol personnel is hindering border security in Detroit,” Levin said in a statement. “Any failure to coordinate efforts between agencies that weakens security on the northern border is totally unacceptable.”
Levin said that he has asked representatives from the Detroit offices of ICE and CBP to meet to meet with him in Detroit within two weeks.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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