Dec 10 2011
New Plan to Strengthen US, Canada Partnership, Secure Borders
In February 2011, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a new agreement, Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. This declaration described a new approach to security in which the two nations will share responsibility for security of the two nations.
The agreement identifies for areas in which the two countries will cooperate – addressing threats early; facilitating trade, economic growth and increasing job opportunities; cross-border law enforcement; and critical infrastructure and cybersecurity. The nations will work together with respect for national sovereignty, civil rights and liberties, protection of privacy and respect of the legal framework of both countries.
On December 7, 2011, Obama and Harper announced the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The Department of Homeland Security is currently seeking public input on this plan, which can be read in the December 9, 2011, Federal Register.