Divided by a Common Border?

by Munroe Eagles

Munroe Eagles is Director of the Canadian Studies Academic Program and Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo.

On January 21st, 2015, the Republican-dominated House Committee on Homeland Security in Washington voted along party lines to pass the Secure our Borders First Act of 2015. The bill was introduced by Committee Chair Michael McCaul, a Republican Congressman who represents a district located just west of Houston. According to McCaul, the bill requires that the Secretary of Homeland Security “gain and maintain operational control of the borders of the United States.”

the Secure Our Borders First pocket cardThe “First” in the bill’s name suggests that secure borders should come before something else – in this case referring to President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. As Rep. McCaul argued: “Our border must be dealt with through regular order and in a step-by-step approach – not through any type of comprehensive immigration reform. We must stop the bleeding at the border. The bill matches resources to needs, putting fencing where fencing is needed and technology where technology is needed. My constituents in my home district and my home state of Texas spoke loud and clear. They want the border secured.” Continue reading


Guest Post: Daniel Macfarlane on Border Waters and Competing Nationalisms

Daniel Macfarlane is a visiting scholar for 2013-14 in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. He was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Michigan State University for 2012-13. He received his PhD in History in 2011 from the University of Ottawa.

Here, he talks about his research on Canadian-American border waters,  the St. Lawrence River/Seaway and the Niagara River/Falls in particular. Continue reading