Minnesota’s new border patrol

Minnesota doesn’t need to deploy Predator drones to the Canadian border to ensure safety.

This week marks a new era of safety for Minnesota. Having vanquished the mortal threat of outdoor smoking and drivers who forgo seatbelts, weâÄôve decided to face the next big threat: illegal Canadian immigrants. ThatâÄôs right, this week we are officially getting tough on troublesome Canucks by beginning border patrols with a small group of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles. Appearances to the contrary, however, Canadian illegals arenâÄôt actually a tremendous threat, and this patrol is a tremendous waste of resources. For starters, despite its intimidating name, the Predator is something of a pussycat. Having grown up in the desert, the Predator is an ill-suited snowbird, a fact demonstrated when its arrival was delayed on account of bad weather. Evidently U.S. Customs is hoping aliens donâÄôt attempt border crossings during winter. Furthermore, America doesnâÄôt get a lot of hassle from illegal Canadian immigrants. Customs agents snagged about 4,000 of them last year, around 0.8 percent of the yearâÄôs total. This puts Canada behind states like India, Korea and Ecuador in its contribution to our annual illegal immigration. Certainly, America needs to enforce its immigration laws and ensure national security. But there are areas of our security apparatus in greater need of aid than we few Minnesotans. The money spent on this program would be better directed toward bolstering airport security, or improving inspections at ports. LetâÄôs be brutally honest: This program is the âÄúBridge to NowhereâÄù of national security.