And The Threat Is?
The University of North Dakota is also helping out the effort, and Doug Marshall, director of Project Development at the universityís Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, told the Winnipeg Free Press the human tide of economic refugees crossing from Mexico to the U.S. is less important to security officials than potential terrorists "finding a way to get into Canada and then finding it relatively easy to get across the [U.S.] border." He added: "And it is easier. Thatís just a fact." Canadian officials have, in the past, taken issue with allegations from south of the border that Canada is a breeding ground for terrorist factions just waiting to waltz into the U.S. unchecked. The Canadian government hasnít reacted to the UAV deployment, but it did announce a plan of its own to beef up border security last week. It will spend C$432 million on the program, the bulk of which will pay for an electronic manifest system to pre-screen commercial shipments crossing the border. More than 18,000 trucks cross the border each day.