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Border Security in Akwesasne Since 9/11

The U-S has stepped up border security in the year since September 11th with more patrol officers, greater scrutiny at border crossings, and new collaboration with Canada. Washington has also been working with the 19 tribes whose lands lie along the borders. The Akwesasne Mohawk reservation actually straddles the border east of Massena, and is known as one of the most difficult areas to patrol. David Sommerstein checks in with Mohawk police to see how their job has changed.  Go to full article

Cross Border Commerce Since 9/11

A year after last September's terror attacks, the world's longest undefended border has become a much tighter frontier. Bob Keyes of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa says ever since terrorists took down the World Trade Center, the 49th parallel has become more difficult to cross, especially for Canadian businesses trying to peddle goods in the U-S. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Algerian Refugees: Unwanted In Canada, Frightened Of Home

The government of Canada is preparing to deport more than a thousand Algerians, now living in the city of Montreal. The Algerians came to Canada over the last decade, fleeing their country's vicious civil war. Many of those on the deportation list say they'll be persecuted or killed, if sent home. But their case is complicated by the fact that Algerian refugees in Canada have been linked to more than a dozen acts of terrorism. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports from Montreal.  Go to full article

Canadian Border Guards Near Plattsburgh Exposed to Tuberculosis: Health Officials Say Case Poses No Public Risk

Five Canadian workers at the Champlain border crossing, north of Plattsburgh, have been infected with tuberculosis. Officials say the source was a refugee, detained at the border for several days. As Brian Mann reports, dozens of travelers may have been exposed, but north country health officials say there's no cause for alarm.
Update: A spokesman for the US Customs service says there've been no recent cases of TB exposure among American border agents. Mike McMullen says infectious diseases are a well-known hazard for workers at the border. Testing and vaccinations are offered regularly. According to McMullen, the recent case won't affect safety procedures at the Champlain crossing.  Go to full article

New Immigration Laws: Confusion and Crowding at Shelters in Plattsburgh

Changes in Canadian immigration laws are causing nearly 100 refugees to take up temporary housing at the Plattsburgh Salvation Army. Immigrants from across the world are being turned away at the border and give appointments to come back to apply for entry at a later date. For some, that could mean a couple of weeks in the shelter. But money is tight at the Salvation Army and with more refugees expected, the organization is looking to its community for support. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Terrorism Suspect Arrested In Montreal

An Algerian man will appear in court tomorrow in Montreal, after his arrest Friday on charges that he aided an Islamic terror cell. The man is accused of conspiring to blow up the U.S. embassy in Paris. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article
U.S. Immigration at Boldt Castle on Heart Island.
U.S. Immigration at Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

Boating Across the Border

As the sun finally warms the North Country into summer, the boating season on the St. Lawrence River is kicking into high gear. This year, residents and tourists alike face new security requirements when they buzz between American and Canadian harbors. Businesses on both sides of border hope the heightened security won't scare people away. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Quebec Premier - New York Governor: First-ever Trade Pact

Governor Pataki and Quebec Premier Bernard Landry agreed on Wednesday to spend tens of millions of dollars developing cross-border trade. The pact followed the first-ever New York-Quebec summit. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.
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Sections of Great Lakes Closed for Security

Great Lakes boaters will find some areas of the lakes closed to them this boating season. The terrorist attacks last September prompted federal agencies to make parts of the lakes off-limits. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham explains.  Go to full article

Ashcroft Pushes for US-Canada Border Upgrade

Attorney General John Ashcroft has vowed to push for the funding needed to boost security along the U.S.-Canada border. Ashcroft said he would urge the Bush administration to find money to make the border both more secure and more efficient for trade.  Go to full article

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