LANSING (WWJ) – U.S. Representative Candice Miller wants more attention paid to our northern borders,  including those here in Michigan.

The Republican, Tuesday, chaired a congressional hearing on the topic. Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Miller said the issue is vital to our nation’s security.

“We have to make sure that we can expedite, quickly, commerce and passengers. But, at the same time, both nations have to have a high level of comfort about the security,” Miller said.

Miller’s comments followed the release of Government Accountability Office report that found only 32 miles of the 4,000-mile border between Canada and northern U.S. are adequately patrolled.

Miller said the U.S. needs to find a balance.

“What we need to do is have a proper mix of, not only border patrol agents and personnel, but we also really need — particularly on the northern border — really need to utilize technology,” she said.

Miller suggests adopting some technologies already used on the U.S.-Mexican border, including unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced surveillance devices.

A complete copy of the Government Accountability Office report is available at this link (.pdf format).  You can also view a summary of the report here.


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