Report On Highly Porous Canadian Border A Cause For Alarm, Says Menendez

Report On Highly Porous Canadian Border A Cause For Alarm, Says Menendez

Senator sponsored successful amendment on northern border security earlier this year

Washington - As the Government Accountability Office today reported that its investigators were able to easily cross the U.S.-Canada border with simulated radioactive material, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reiterated his calls for action to secure the northern border. In July, Menendez joined with Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) to attach an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would require the president to work to ensure operational control of all international borders - including the neglected northern border.

"It is of great concern that anyone would ever be able to stroll over our border with simulated radioactive material, but for this to happen six years after 9/11 is terribly alarming, " said Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Ever since the Millennium Bomber was caught, the use of the northern border by aspiring terrorists has been no secret. Solidifying the porous northern border should be a priority for the Department of Homeland Security."

Of the 13,488 U.S. border patrol agents, a total of only 965 are patrolling the northern border. This is the case despite experts' warnings about the porous northern border and the concrete evidence of an aspiring terrorist, the Millennium Bomber, being stopped attempting to cross the northern border.

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