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Canada-US border deal announced today

2011-12-07

Queen’s University security expert Christian Leuprecht is available to comment on the Canada-US border deal being announced today. He’s a researcher with Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.

“The devil is in the details: It turns out that talking about the border is a lot easier than actually doing something about,” Dr. Leuprecht said. “People consistently underestimate just how difficult it is to find common ground on matters so complex as information sharing and overcoming legislative constraints such as different privacy regulations.  In effect, a comprehensive deal would mean harmonizing, visa and refugee policies, passing legislation to enable authorities from one country to enforce some law on the other country's sovereign territory, share information on everything from people exiting the continent to overstays and deportees, and realize that the Mexican border now effectively becomes Canada's southern land border.”

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