Sovereign nation = Secure borders.

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Paul GleiserSovereign nation = Secure borders.


I just returned from some time off, part of which was spent in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Here’s something that struck me. Even though British Columbia looks almost exactly like the United States down to the Bed, Bath & Beyond stores that you pass along the way, it is, in fact, not the United States and you can’t just walk in. Getting into Canada is a bit of a process.

First, Lord help you if you don’t have a smartphone because they insist that you download an app. Once you’ve installed the app — it’s called, “ArriveCAN” — you must then upload copies of your passport and your COVID vaccination record.

With that accomplished, you must then tell them where and when you’ll arrive in Canada, where you’ll be staying while in the country and when and from where you plan to leave.

It seemed like overkill, again considering that once you’re in Canada, it’s almost impossible to tell that you’ve left the United States.

But as I think about it, I find myself saying, “Good for Canada.” Because the people of the sovereign nation of Canada have the right to decide for themselves who gets to enter their country, in what numbers and under what circumstances.

Because the people of Canada aren’t stupid, they don’t want to allow the unfettered importation of drugs, disease, crime and poverty into their country.

What a concept.

But here’s what further struck me. It wasn’t all that easy for my wife and me to come home. We had to arrive at the ferry terminal that takes cars and people between Victoria, British Columbia and Port Townsend, Washington, 90 minutes early in order to be processed by U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Given the number of people on that ferry, we needed all 90 minutes.

We were asked where we lived in the U.S., where we had been in Canada, how long we had been in Canada and what we might have on us that we shouldn’t have on us.

Again, good for us, the U.S. We don’t want drugs, disease, crime and poverty walking into our country either.

Oh, wait.

This was the northern border of the United States. And we were mere citizens. On the southern border of the United States, drugs, disease, crime and poverty are walked into the country by non-citizens every single day.

It’s as if with respect to border security, the U.S. has multiple personality disorder. On one hand clean, fastidious and healthy and on the other dirty, disorderly and diseased.

The simple fact is that both Canada and the United States – along with very nearly every other nation on earth – has the equivalent of our Customs & Border Protection agency for the simple reason that a sovereign nation without secure borders isn’t a sovereign nation at all.

At one time in our history there was no debate on this point. That there is now tells you just how far our standards have fallen and how difficult the job will be to restore them.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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7 Responses

  1. John mccellon says:

    I listen to your commentary ,your opinions on the world in general and you are always pretty on spot when it comes to common sense point of views. Although I have to say your opinion and ,well stated facts about differences in the us/Canadian border vs the US/Mexican border are on point. If this was stated daily on air, everywhere, I do believe it might actually make the left feel a little on the ignorant side. Great job my friend

    • Buddy Saunders says:

      This matter isn’t a question of politicians being ignorant of the consequences of their actions. They know exactly what they are doing. The southern border is wide open for two reasons. The Democrat Party sees these new arrivals as a future voting block. And both parties are bringing in cheap labor to satisfy large corporate donors.

      • Mike says:

        Exactly!!! They know what they are allowing to happen. All invasions are planned. There is no way under the Heavens a mass of people can collectively say, “Hey, lets walk three thousand miles to the southern border of America! Yeah, let’s all 10 thousand of us do that!” No way anyone can do that with the shirts on their backs cross multiple national borders without major help and planning. What country, in the leaderships insane mind would allow that to happen? This was a well-executed plan, period. The Puppet Masters of the Democratic Party are 110% behind this.

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    How you unveil the hypocrisy of the progressive left border policy is amazing. Too bad this isn’t being broadcast into the halls of congress. But then, the majority wouldn’t listen. I give this commentary a 10.

  3. Jean Bammel says:

    Mr. Paul Gleiser, I have yet to read or heard a “You Tell Me Texas” that wasn’t spot on. Thank you for your efforts to help the Texas public understand what is really going on in our country. I do have to say that the largest and most dangerous problem our state and country is facing is the public and their lack of understanding the seriousness of the problems we are facing.

  4. Stan Drake says:

    Illegals coming across our southern border are not doing it at checkpoints like you did. Big difference.

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