The issuance of this report was the direct result of legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) that was signed into law last year, the Northern Border Security Review Act. Katko’s measure required the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a much-needed analysis of current and potential threats along our nation’s northern border.
“As a federal prosecutor, I worked on both the northern border in New York and on the southern border in El Paso, Texas. I’ve seen first-hand the unique issues our nation faces countering drug trafficking and potential terrorist acts on each of our borders,” said U.S. Rep. John Katko. “This report identifies several areas where we can improve border security – especially in combating drug trafficking and preventing potential acts of terrorism. Stopping the influx of drugs coming into our country through the Northern border is of particular concern, given the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing Central New York. I look forward to continuing my work on the House Homeland Security Committee to close these capability gaps together with DHS and our partners in Canada.”
Among the findings in report, it details that:
· The largest issue on the Northern Border remains the trafficking of drugs;
· Large and differing terrain along the northern border provide opportunities for nefarious individuals to potentially enter the United States undetected;
· The U.S.-Canadian partnership remains strong and crucial for interdicting drugs, international criminals, and potential terrorists; and
· Pre-clearance programs for expedited travel between the U.S. and Canada remain imperative.
The report, issued this morning, can be found here. Moving forward, DHS will take steps to address the issues and weaknesses outlined by the report.
Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County. For more information visit http://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.