A report on security holes along the U.S.-Canadian border have a Kansas Senator urging action.
Republican Pat Roberts is a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He says federal officials must improve border security and safety along the country's northern border.
"Both our northern and southern borders are a matter of national security," Roberts said in a statement. "Not only do we have to worry about individuals illegally crossing the borders. We also have to worry about the things that people carry across the borders, whether it be drugs, weapons, explosives, or nuclear material."
Roberts comments followed the release of a General Accountability
Office (GAO) investigation that highlighted major security holes in the
northern border. According to Roberts, the report says investigators carried a duffel bag across in three of the four locations without any challenges by border agents. He says the report states that, in May of 2007, there were only 972 border patrol agents along the northern border compared to 11,986 border patrol agents along the southern border.
Roberts also cited reports that have indicated that there are
international terrorist organizations operating in Canada.
"We must ensure that these organizations cannot enter or bring
hazardous material into the United States," Roberts said in a statement. "It's clear we have a lot of work to do to better protect both of our borders so that we can detect suspicious activity and better prevent the unauthorized entry of individuals. "