The U.S. is “highly vulnerable to an attack by terrorists entering the country across the border with Canada, members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Tuesday,” The Hill reports.
Citing a recently released federal study that found that only 32 miles of the 4,000-mile border had an “acceptable level of control,” senators of both parties called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to strengthen security at the northern border.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” said committee chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.). “These findings should sound a loud alarm to the Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian government and our committee. The American people are grossly underprotected along our northern border. We’ve got to work together with our neighbors in Canada to raise our guard.”
According to a Government Accountability Office report, the U.S. Border Patrol was aware of illegal border crossings along only 1,007 miles of the 4,000-mile border. The Border Patrol said the remaining three-fourths of the border stood at “unacceptable” security levels.
According to the report, DHS believe the likelihood of a terrorist using the northern border to cross into the U.S. is much greater than an attacker coming in from Mexico “given the large expanse of area with limited law enforcement coverage.”