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Panel calls for secured border perimeter with U.S., Canada, Mexico

The United States, Canada and Mexico should create a common North American security perimeter by 2010 with combined visa, visitor screening, cargo inspection and political asylum policies, the chairmen of an independent task force of former government officials recommended today. The governments should “strive toward a situation in which a terrorist trying to penetrate our borders will have an equally hard time doing so, no matter which country he elects to enter first,” the three chairmen of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America said in a press release. The task force was co-created in October 2004 by the New York-based think tank the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales. Former Massachusetts governor and assistant attorney general William Weld, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance John Manley and former Mexican finance minister Pedro Aspe co-chaired the panel. Full Story

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