An analysis conducted by NBC New York reveals that crossings from Canada into New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire have increased tenfold in recent years. This surge in travel across the U.S.-Canadian border is indicative of the progress that has been made in fostering economic cooperation and improving security measures.
The data, which was collected from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shows that the number of people crossing the border to enter the U.S. from Canada has skyrocketed from 5.6 million in 2009 to a staggering 54.5 million in 2018. The surge has been largely driven by the growing number of tourists and business travelers, as well as an increase in the number of Canadians taking advantage of the low prices and convenience of shopping in the U.S.
The data also reveals that an increasing number of Canadians are taking advantage of the visa waiver program, which allows citizens of certain countries to enter the U.S. without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. This program has made it easier for Canadians to travel to the U.S. for business, pleasure, or to visit family and friends.
The rise in border crossings has been accompanied by significant investments in infrastructure and security. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. has invested more than $2.6 billion in border security projects since 2009. This investment has included the installation of high-tech surveillance systems, additional staffing, and the construction of new ports of entry. In addition, the U.S. and Canada have implemented the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which is aimed at strengthening security and facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.
The results of this analysis demonstrate the success of the joint efforts of the U.S. and Canada to create a secure and efficient border. The increased crossings demonstrate the value of the economic partnerships between the two countries and the efficacy of the security measures that have been implemented. As a result, the border between the two countries is now more secure and efficient than ever before.