On one side, a man in a uniform with a gun and the authority to detain, deport, or even kill; on the other, people with the most fundamental of unmet needs and without the proper documentation to cross an international boundary.
Calling the border security act the Senate passed on June 27 “immigration reform” is like calling the National Security Agency’s expanding global surveillance system a domestic telecommunications upgrade. It’s really all about the country that the United States is becoming—one of the police and the policed.
Unlike on our southern border, there is still no wall to our north on what was once dubbed the “longest undefended border in the world.” But don’t let that fool you. The U.S.-Canadian border is increasingly a national security hotspot watched over by drones, surveillance towers and agents of the Department of Homeland Security.