Helena Independent Record: Baucus, Tester tour Canadian border with federal security officials

Better communication between United States and Canadian border patrol officers and increased security efforts between entry ports are important to further secure the border between the two countries, according to federal and local government officials.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Customs and Borders Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and Montana state senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester traveled around the state Wednesday to tour border ports in Piegan and Sweetgrass and hold meetings in Sunburst and Havre to talk about security at the U.S. northern border.

Napolitano said it’s important for the U.S. to work with Canada to ease the collection and sharing of information so that border control agents can know ahead of time what to expect from the people passing through. It’s also important, she said, to bolster security efforts between ports by adding more manpower and technology like sensors and radar to keep an eye out for people who might be crossing the border illegally.

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