Darn those pesky and wily Canadians! At least illegal immigrants at the southern border are obvious about their law breaking by coming in droves. Northern illegal border crashers coming only two or three a day, induces boredom and inattention among border agents which may allow 100% border check failure.
The red brick house sits unassumingly on a sleepy back road where the lush farmlands of northern Vermont roll quietly into Canada. This is the Morses Line border crossing, a point of entry into the United States where more than three cars an hour constitute heavy traffic.
The bucolic setting of silos and sugar maples has become the focus of a bitter dispute that pits one of America’s most revered traditions — the family-owned farm — against the post-9/11 reality of terror attacks on US soil.
The Department of Homeland Security sees Morses Line as a weak link in the nation’s borders, attractive to terrorists trying to smuggle in lethal materials. The government is planning an estimated $8 million renovation here as part of a nationwide effort to secure border crossings.
“The whole thing is a perfect example of waste,’’ said Glen Gurwit of Swanton, a customs inspector for 31 years who frequently worked at Morses Line before retiring in 2004. He said the port is used mostly by locals crossing to visit relatives, play hockey, or shop, and is notable for its “peace, quiet, and isolation.’’
“We used to spend hours watching deer graze,’’ he said.
Read more at Boston Globe.
Insidious, as only Canadians can be! I'll wager Mark Steyn got to the US by boring the northern Vermont border guards.
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