The leaders of United States, Canada and Mexico will discuss a joint plan to protect North American borders and improve movement between countries when they meet next week at a North American summit in Texas.
According to the press release from the Council on Foreign Relations, among the recommendations are an integrated terror watch list, unified visa regulations, and biometric border passes to allow easier movement between countries.
It says the three nations should adopt a unified Border Action Plan.
The three governments should “strive toward a situation in which a terrorist trying to penetrate our borders will have an equally hard time doing so no matter which country he elects to enter first.” First steps should include: harmonized visa and asylum regulations; joint inspection of container traffic entering North American ports; and synchronized screening and tracking of people, goods, and vessels, including integrated “watch” lists. Security cooperation should extend to counterterrorism and law enforcement, and could include the establishment of a trinational threat intelligence center and joint training for law enforcement officials. On the defense front, the most important step is to expand the binational North American Aerospace Defense Command to make it a multi-service Canada-U.S. command with a mandate to protect the maritime as well as air approaches to North America. Canada and the United States should invite Mexico to consider closer military cooperation in the future.
This might be a good idea if I thought the Canadians or Mexicans had the ability to be tough, but I’m just not that hopeful. I certainly don’t want the pacifist, pseudo-French in Canada having a say in our security situation.
It almost looks like just another attempt at political correctness and trying to provide for other countries unwilling to provide for themselves?
If it takes until 2010 to get a true North American security perimeter set up, don’t you think our enemies will have the foresight to enter and hideout in Mexico long before then? Then we’ll just be making it easier for them to come “visit” us.