Apprehensions Triple at Northern Border Crossing In Washington

Apprehensions Triple at Northern Border Crossing In Washington
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Most of the time, when we discuss U.S. border problems, we’re talking about our southern border with Mexico.

After all, that’s the frontier with most of the problems.

However, as part of the Biden Border Invasion, we now have more crossings of the Canadian border than before.

I recently crossed the Canadian border in both directions during a road trip with my wife and son.

As part of that journey, we spent some time in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia.

We crossed the northern border at the Peace Arch in Washington.

Before going across, we stopped at the Peace Arch Park.

There I spoke to a Border Patrol agent who was quite friendly and informative.

I asked the agent if there was much action there, and he told me that apprehensions have tripled.

There are also sketchy things going on with “refugees."

For example, South Asian “refugees” who had already gotten into the U.S. would sometimes meet a “refugee” family member entering from Canada. But guess what? They might not even speak the same language!

As for Peace Arch Park, the agent explained Canadians were formerly allowed to just walk into the park, but now they have to go through the regular crossing.

He didn’t directly mention politics or politicians. After all, he’s a federal employee and has to work for whomever is the commander-in-chief.

However, the agent did say the situation has been worse for four years and that he was hoping for a change. Make of that what you will…

The actual Peace Arch is located on a median between northbound and southbound traffic. We walked over to see it.

The Arch was constructed 1920-1921 to commemorate what was then a century of peace between the U.S. and Canada.

Americans and Canadians had fought each other in what we call the “War of 1812” (1812 to 1815). Shortly before the construction of the arch, they had been allies in World War I.

The Peace Arch was built right on the U.S.-Canada border, with the flags of both nations on top. You can walk right through it.

On one side of the arch is the inscription “Children of a Common Mother." This recognizes the common English heritage of the U.S. and Canada, children of their Mother England.

The inscription on the other side is “Brethren Dwelling Together in Unity" from Psalm 133 in the Bible. This acknowledges the shared Christian heritage of the two countries.

We walked back to the car and drove past the Peace Arch to the Canadian border crossing station. Ours was the only car entering Canada at the time.

The Canadian border agent looked at our passports, asked a few questions, and waved us through. Our passports weren’t even stamped.

We proceeded on into the province of British Columbia. We spent time walking around downtown Vancouver. It’s Canada’s largest port and the Vancouver metro is the country’s third-largest.

We spent the night at Abbotsford and the next day headed east through the province, taking in the scenery and stopping occasionally. We hiked to a waterfall in a rain forest. I befriended a chipmunk by feeding him peanuts.

We eventually returned to the U.S.A. at the Osoyoos/Oroville crossing, back into Washington. Ours was the only car crossing there.

Our Canadian border crossings went smoothly. But my conversation with the agent, along with media reports, reveal that there are problems.

“Despite being stretched thin and understaffed, Border Patrol agents at the northern border continue to apprehend a record number of illegal border crossers," The Center Square reported on May 10, well before our trip.

Border Patrol's Swanton Sector, which stretches from New York to New Hampshire, is the busiest.

The overall total is still much lower than that of the southern border, but it’s increasing.

The article ends thusly: “…[M]ost of the northern border is unmanned and unpatrolled.”

If, in the future, we somehow get a pro-American presidential administration, it needs to get control of both our country’s land borders.

You can find more of Allan Wall's work at his website and Mexico News Report.

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