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U.S. Border Patrol forms partnerships with other agencies and law enforcement to keep northern border safeSubmitted: 05/15/2019
Rose McBride
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U.S. Border Patrol forms partnerships with other agencies and law enforcement to keep northern border safe
SAULT STE. MARIE - Just like at the southern border, border Patrol agents at the U.S/ Canada border stay busy protecting the country from people, and things, that shouldn't be coming in. 

But with hundreds of miles to cover and limited personnel, they have to rely on some help.


"I have 60 people I'm trying to figure out how to cover all of this area with a physical presence, or at least have some situations awareness of what's going on along the border," said Sault Ste. Marie Border Patrol Agent in Charge Henry Laxdal. 

That's why it's important for Henry Laxdal to have help.

"The only way I can do that is to reach out, branch out, find partnerships that can help me with my mission," said Laxdal. 

One of those partners is the Office of Field Operations. It controls the flow of people coming in and out of the country through customs. 

"Our mission here is to make sure we…prevent terrorists and their weapons from coming in, also from illegal narcotics," said Assistant Port Director, Passenger Operations, Caroline Larocque said. 

These agents check cars and buses for identification.

Most people are coming across to go shopping or to work, but OFO agents do help border patrol prevent some illegal entries. 

"The majority of illegal entry that's coming in here or entry that we would have to turn around is because they have a criminal background," said Larocque.

Together, along with local law enforcement and Air and Marine operations, these agents work to bring people who should be in America in, and keep those who shouldn't be out. 

"The entire of the security of the border depends on us sharing information, sharing intelligence and responding to each other at the time of need," said Laxdal. 

Watch the first two stories in this series here, and here


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