No Fence – David V. Aguilar, deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says, “Any fence that is being considered at the northern border is specific to a port of entry footprint or complex. There is no intent at the current time to build a fence between the ports of entry.” Thanks Bilateralist.com for keeping this tempest in the teapot (9/30/2011).
Borders – Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says Canada and the U.S. making good progress on the border deal but sticking points remain. Canada is “ not interested in simply having another level of security unless this can be accompanied by some significant trade benefits” (9/11/2011).
Cross-Border Crime – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces the creation of “NextGen” teams of cross-designated officers from the United States and Canada to deal with transnational crime. Details about the officers and their responsibilities have not been released but possible focus areas include transnational crime, smuggling, terrorism, and human trafficking. On the U.S. side, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security are meeting with Canadian counterparts in Public Safety and Justice Canada (9/14/2011).
Consumer Product Safety – At the First North American Consumer Product Safety Summit, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency and Health Canada announced a trilateral initiative to strengthen consumer production safety. The three countries are seeking closer cooperation in regulations and standards, risk assessment, product surveillance, training and consumer outreach, and coordination of joint recalls (9/27/2011).