July 13, 2013
America’s recent obsession with border security provides politicians with plenty of opportunities to engage in populist rhubarb. Most often, Republican lawmakers clamor for robust policing of the U.S.-Mexico demarcation, as they have done throughout the current immigration debate in Congress.
Sometimes, however, a legislator opts to be contrarian, for political or pecuniary reasons. One of these is Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who recently enthused to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about the prospect of deploying “low-level radar” and in-ground security defenses to secure America’s northern border.
Alas, the proposition that America’s borders with Canada and Mexico are equally problematic is dunderheaded political correctness. We were inured to this sort of thing by the outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security, the breathtakingly ignorant Janet Napolitano, who entered that disgraceful office claiming the 9/11 hijackers came through Canada.