Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness

Posted by David Jacobson
December 8, 2011
President Obama Shakes Hands With Prime Minister Harper of Canada

I have just come from the Oval Office, where President Obama and Prime Minister Harper took our relationship to the next level as they announced the Action Plans for Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.

The United States and Canada have long been the best of neighbors, friends, partners, and allies. Based on foundations of mutual reliance and respect we have built prosperity at home while standing shoulder-to-shoulder defending our shared values around the world. We have long understood that if we work together we are stronger, more prosperous, and more competitive.

Building on that spirit, in February we set forth a plan for the future of North America. We committed to a shared vision for perimeter security and economic competitiveness. We agreed to work together within, at, and away from our borders to enhance our security, better coordinate our regulatory systems, and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods and services. We rejected the false choice between security and efficiency at the border. We realized that by improving the efficiency of the border in smart ways we would enhance the security of North America while lifting the standard of living of our people. We promised to consult with our citizens and to deliver a detailed Action Plan to realize our vision. Today we deliver on that promise.

In 1961, President Kennedy had the opportunity to address the Canadian Parliament. He famously said: "what unites us is far greater than what divides us." With the actions we take today between our two great countries that statement was never more true.

I invite you to read all about the action plans and what they involve here. We've posted all the documents and fact sheets from the U.S. Government and I'm writing to invite you to learn as much as you can about the plan and what it involves. I invite your comments here and welcome your suggestions and support.

Editor's Note: This entry appeared first on Ambassador Jacobson's blog.



United States
December 8, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Perimeter security against whom? Canadians? Americans trying to re-enter America from abroad?

Has anyone noticed the assorted nuclear submarines from various nations stationed of the coasts of America, awaiting launch codes?

How about bioweapons and the lack of health certificates for tourists from Africa, the Middle East, or even Mexico?

How about those genetically-modified crops killing off the honey bees, and GMO foods that sterilize entire populations - that might be a "security risk", maybe?

What kind of "security" could possibly exist if Americans have no civil defense shelters, no bomb shelters, no fallout shelters, basically nothing but a promise that "first responders" will somehow magically appear and "respond"?

How come all the nuclear attack bunkers are located only around government facilities but none for the general population?

Our perimeter isn't secure because our people are not secure. We used to have civil defense. Now, we've got zero civil defense.


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