No border fence: top US border official


The mention of fencing in a recent environmental impact statement from the US Customs and Border Protection agency sparked concerns in Canada that the US government is planning a fence along the Canadian border.

Today I spoke with David V. Aguilar, deputy commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, and he told me unequivocally:

“There are no plans at all for a fence along the northern border.”

He added that any fencing under consideration would be for protecting infrastructure or buildings at individual “ports of entry” (border crossings):

“Any fence that is being considered at the northern border is specific to a port of entry footprint or complex. There is no intent at the current time to build a fence between the ports of entry,” said Aguilar.




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No border fence: top US border official

  1. I fully support the concept of a fence. Makes more sene then a pipeline to Texas. We can let them put it up, since their need is greater then ours right now; we can take it down again during our next recession; they can put it up again…

  2. I wish they WOULD put one up.

    If they want to act like a fortress, they should look like one.

  3. The attempt to fence the southern border has been a disaster, so I don’t think anyone would even suggest one for our border. 

    • Except of course that they did. And in fact the reason cited for NOT doing so was cost… that’s it, cost.

  4. I wrote a bit of a satirical article on the Canada/USA border issue, if anyone is interested – http://wp.me/p1OQdY-jw

  5. Building a fence between Canada and the USA makes about as much sense as a war on drugs, It would of course also require a fence between Alaska and the Yukon which further illustrates my point.

  6. Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
    Don’t fence me in.
    Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
    Don’t fence me in.
    Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze,
    And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees,
    Send me off forever but I ask you please,
    Don’t fence me in.
    Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
    Underneath the western skies.
    On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
    Till I see the mountains rise.
    I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
    And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
    And I can’t look at hovels and I can’t stand fences
    Don’t fence me in.

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