Defining a Secure Border
U.S. policymakers want to secure the nation's borders, but experts say that is an illusive and ill-defined goal.
More Eyes in the Sky
Immigration enforcement officials are set to deploy more drones along the nation's borders, in spite of concerns about effectiveness and cost.
Drug War Drags On
Federal and local officials say a flood of illegal drugs across both borders shows no sign of decreasing and makes the United States less secure.
Canada's Guest Workers
Canada's guest worker program has been touted as a possible model for the United States, but critics point out drawbacks in the system.
Canada Requires Housing
Under Canada's regulated guest worker program, businesses must provide worker housing. In the U.S., most workers find their own housing.
Health Care for Workers
Seasonal workers in Canada are eligible for health care, but getting care for on-the-job injuries or sickness can be problematic.
Slow Vs. Costly Health Care
Many patients struggle to find care on both sides of the border. U.S. treatment is expensive. In Canada, care is free but patients must wait.
In Search of Cheaper Meds
U.S. citizens are increasingly buying drugs from Mexico and Canada in order to save money. U.S. officials worry about safety.
Cross Border Cleanup
Over the past 40 years, the United States and Canada have worked together to clean up border region waterways, but new threats loom.
Living on the Borderlands
Security and immigration concerns have dramatically affected the lives of U.S. landowners living along the Canadian and Mexican borders.
Business on the Border
U.S. businesses along both borders depend on spending from foreign visitors, but security measures restrict the flow of people and money.
Tale of Twin Border Cities
Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Canada, have both struggled economically in recent years, but tourism has shored up the Canadian city.
Two Borders and the Meaning of 'Secure'
As huge amounts of attention and resources have been lavished on the U.S.-Mexico border, officials question whether it will ever be truly secure. Meanwhile, massive gaps in security along the U.S.-Canada border have largely been ignored.
While taxpayer resources have been lavished on the U.S.-Mexico border, little attention has been paid to the country’s northern border with Canada. The two border regions raise many of the same issues regarding security, economics, health care and immigration rules, but the approach to those issues varies widely.