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Should U.S. Build a Wall at Border of Canada? Congress Wants a Study of Threat

border patrol helicopterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican candidates for president have been mocked for wanting to build a wall between the U.S. and Canadian border.

Now Congress is worried and passed a bill to require Homeland Security to determine whether the northern border is a threat to the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

The Northern Border Patrol Council, which represents officers, supported the move.

We’ve always said that illegal immigration is like water — it’s going to take the path of least resistance,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. “The northern border is a vulnerability, and it always has been.”

About 2,000 Border Patrol agents protect the 5,500-mile border between the U.S. and Canada.

Border Patrol Agent Points Gun At Head of Boy Scout for Snapping Photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pointed a gun at the head of a Boy Scout and threatened to arrest him for snapping a picture of an agent near the Canadian border, KCCI reports.

The Iowa Boy Scout troop was on a three-week trip to Alaska when the incident happened, Troop 111 leader Jim Fox said.

Fox said the Boy Scouts were detained for about four hours while they were questioned and their van searched.

During the search, one of the Boy Scouts underwent a horrifying experience.

“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox said.

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Border Patrol Prepares More Monitoring of Canadian Border in Detroit with New Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — In an effort to prevent terrorists from crossing the Canadian Border into the U.S., Border Patrol agents are gearing up for a new $17 million facility in Detroit, WWJ reports.

Agents gathered for a groundbreaking this week.

“We share intelligence, anything that’s got a nexus to the border and through the sharing of this intelligence we’re not working in silos so can coordinate efforts and basically maximize operations (and) security as a result of that,” Serge Cote, the officer in charge of the Windsor Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told WWJ.

The new building will offer more office space and parking and will provide new training facilities.

About 100 Border Patrol employees are expected to work there.

Detroit to Get $14 Million Border Patrol Station to Replace Old Building

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — The U.S. Border Patrol is building a new station in Detroit after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $14 million contract for the design construction of the new building, the Associated Press reports.

The 45,000-square-foot facility is expected to be done in spring 2015.

It is to include space for 100 agents, a kennel, fitness area, holding facilities, storage space and processing area. the AP wrote.

The Detroit station protects 70 miles of border with Canada.

Canadian Border Patrol Officer Injured in Shooting at Washington Crossing; Gunman Dead in Apparent Suicide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The driver of a white van shot a Canadian Border Services Agency officer in the neck before apparently turning the gun on himself at Canadian crossing in Washington state Tuesday, reports KIROTV.

The man, whose name was not released, died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the female agent was injured and airlifted from the scene to a hospital in Canada.

The van was driving into Canada from the U.S., KIROTV said.

Her identity and condition were not known this morning, but CTV News said she was breathing on the way to the hospital and appeared to be in serious condition.

What prompted the shooting remains unclear.

“This event is a sobering reminder of the dangerous conditions faced daily by the men and women of our law enforcement agencies as they work to protect the safety and security of Canadians,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement to CTV News.

Earlier in the day, Cpl. Bert Paquet said, “The first report at the scene revealed that a male, a lone male, had shot an officer in her booth. At the instant following the shooting of the officer, the lone male had been pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

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