U.S. border officials install cable barrier along Canada-U.S. Border

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OTTAWA – The US Border Patrol is assembling a hard-wired barrier along the Washington-British Columbia border to curb “dangerous criminal enterprises”. In a statement to CTVNews.ca, the Blaine Sector Border Patrol Headquarters confirmed that it is overseeing the project to address “binational security concerns” along the Boundary Road area in Lynden, Wash. And Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland stretching from Surrey to Abbotsford.

“This wire-rope security barrier not only protects people in the United States and Canada, but it also helps secure this part of the border by deterring illegal vehicle entry in either direction,” the officer said. Acting Patrol Chief Tony Holladay.

“Locally in our community, transnational criminal organizations have capitalized on this vulnerable area by smuggling drugs and people. Improving this specific border area mitigates the threat posed by these dangerous criminal enterprises. ”

The Canada-U.S. Border has been closed to non-essential travel since March, when the pandemic took hold in both countries. The restrictions have been renewed every month since.

Even still, the Canada Border Services Agency reports that the number of Americans trying to get to different ports of entry continues to increase. According to the latest figures sent to CTVNews.ca, 12,819 U.S. citizens were turned away from the shared border between March 22 and August 5.

In July, British Columbia Premier John Horgan warned of the “Alaska Rift,” where Americans travel to Alaska to make pit stops in British Columbia. The CBSA has since tightened border crossing rules for people traveling for non-discretionary purposes.

As of July 31, foreign nationals must enter Canada at one of the five identified CBSA ports of entry: Abbotsford-Huntingdon (BC), Coutts (Alberta), Kingsgate (BC), North Portal (Saskatchewan ) and Osoyoos (BC). Travelers should take the most direct route, avoid national parks and other recreational sites, declare their date of exit from Canada, and attach a “hang tag” to their rearview mirror for their entire trip.

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