Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Concerns About Enchanced Checks On The U.S.-Canadian Border
Entering Detroit from the Detroit-Windsor tunnel
As Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napoliatano prepares to discuss border security at the Detroit-Windsor border and in Ottawa, renewed concerns are being raised about enhanced measures already in place on the border - and additional steps that will go into effect on June 1.
The economies and the social structure from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border have long been intertwined - in large measure due to the ease of crossing. As a young man in Detroit, going to Windsor for a bite to eat at a restaurant on Ouellette Avenue or to play BINGO at one of Windsor's many halls was as seamless as driving to Toledo to go to the zoo. In fact, it was less of a drive and therefore less of a hassle. But the last time I went to Windsor to visit a friend, I was treated almost like a suspect by border agents on both sides of the Ambassador Bridge.
Business people on both sides of the Detroit River - and I am sure elsewhere along the border - are expressing concerns about the increased security - put into place because of a fear of terrorism. It will be interesting to see what Napoliatano has to say about that today.
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