Is there a greater terrorist threat along the Canadian border than from the border we share with Mexico? Some analysts think so, as reported in The Texas Standard. The U.S. may underestimate the terrorist threat along the lesser-patrolled Canadian border, which has 6,000 agents assigned. By contrast, there are 18,000 patrol agents for the Mexican border, even though it is half as long.
Some security experts believe it is easier for a terrorist to sneak into the U.S. at the norther border, which is 4000 miles long, some of it heavily wooded and remote. They caution that Canadian cities have known Islamic State sympathizers, and that ISIS has called for attacks on Western countries, including the U.S. and Canada. Within the last year, jihadists have opened gunfire against Canadian police and soldiers, in government locations like the parliament building and a national war memorial.
Canadian lawmakers are looking at increased security and vigilance, including upgraded border protection, which the U.S. has urged since the 9/11 attacks.