Dan Gorenstein
July 12, 2013

5,500 — that’s the number of miles we share with Canada.

It’s considered the longest international border in the world. But when it comes to patrolling that border, the federal government spends a sliver of its $12 billion budget there. That imbalance may come up when U.S. Senators travel to Montana later today and speak with residents about protecting the northern border.

If you line up the northern border patrol agents in one line and all the southern ones in another, Edward Alden with the Council on Foreign Relations says, it’s not even close.

“There are 18,500 on the border with Mexico and just over 2,200 on the border with Canada,” he says.

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