Op-Ed: Canada attacks U.S. plan to deploy troops along Canadian border
With never really knowing what's behind some of the ideas coming out of the Trump White House, the idea of conducting surveillance at the U.S.-Canada border is ludicrous. Most people would rather go to Canada nowadays than try to get into the U.S. At the press conference held at Rideau Cottage, Trudeau said that "Canada and the United States have the longest unmilitarized border in the world, and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way," adding that the lack of border militarization had "benefited our two countries and both economies tremendously, and we feel that it needs to remain that way."
“I don’t think it’s helpful. I don’t think it’s necessary,” said @KirstenHillmanA about the idea of U.S. troops near the Canadian border. Asked what it would change substantively, she said that depends how they do it, but Canada is opposed because of the message it would send. pic.twitter.com/DqdzeoQolc— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) March 26, 2020
Should the U.S. government decide to go forward with its proposal to station troops near the Canadian border, Global News has learned they would be stationed about 18 miles, or 30 kilometers from the actual border. Remote sensors would be used to flag illegal crossings. According to the plan, the troops would not have the authority to arrest or detain anyone, sources say. Instead, border patrol agents would be sent to intercept the irregular crossers. Federal law prohibits the U.S. military from acting as domestic law enforcement agents.
"Canada & the U.S. have the longest unmilitarized border in the world & it is very much in both of our of interests for it to remain that way," said @JustinTrudeau in response to reports the U.S. is thinking of stationing troops near the border. Read more: https://t.co/retkOCdB1b pic.twitter.com/B3Tt1uYVvB— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) March 26, 2020