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.