The Canada-U.S. border deal that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama are due to announce on Wednesday comes with a price tag of $1 billion, the Canadian Press reports. That’s how much it will cost to implement new entry-exit screening requirements demanded by the White House, according to Colin Robertson, formerly a diplomat in Washington, who has spoken to negotiators of the Beyond the Border deal. The new border security enforcement measures, though, will benefit Canada as well, allowing the government to better keep track of unemployment insurance recipients who no longer live in Canada, and landed immigrants who fail to meet residency requirements.
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