Is the Canadian Border More Dangerous Than Mexico’s?

The U.S. has fortified the border with Mexico since the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001 largely in the name of thwarting terrorism.

However some analysts believe there’s a greater potential threat of terrorists entering the US from the northern border with Canada than from across the southern border with Mexico.

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Sign welcoming drivers into the United States at the Peace Arch between Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia. Image credit: Craig Nagy from flickr

The Islamic State (ISIS) urges supporters to carry out attacks against Western countries, including Canada, that are in the U.S.-led coalition fighting it. Following that call, two Canadian soldiers were murdered in October 2014.

First a soldier was murdered in a deliberate hit-and-run near Montreal. Then days later came a second attack that traumatized Canada.

Gunfire erupted inside Canada’s Parliament, the seat of its federal government, after the murder of a soldier outside after a a jihadist sympathizer killed a soldier at Canada’s War Memorial a few steps away. The shooter entered Parliament after killing the soldier.

Imagine a gunman killing an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then invading the U.S. Capitol.

The suspect was shot dead inside by the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, Canada’s lower house, roughly equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The suspect in the hit-and-run led police on a high speed chase that ended with the suspect’s car rolling over.

That was followed by an exchange of gunfire with police. The suspect was killed.

“I was horrified when I saw what happened up there,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter pilot Gerhardt Perry. He is stationed in upstate New York after years of flying the southwest border in the Rio Grande Valley of East Texas.

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