MCALLEN, Texas: Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the US-Mexico border on Saturday (May 11) as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies.Shanahan traveled to McAllen, Texas, to meet with officials and visit a migrant processing facility and Border Patrol station, two days after the White House announced Trump's intention to nominate the former Boeing Co executive as defence secretary."We're not going to leave until the border is secure," Shanahan told about two dozen border patrol officials as hundreds of detained migrants waited in tents to be processed.Shanahan was accompanied by another acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan, who leads the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after a shake-up instigated by Trump, whose hard-line immigration policies have not stemmed a rising tide of migrants.On Friday, the Pentagon said Shanahan approved the transfer of US$1.5 billion to … [Read more...] about Pentagon eyes longer-term support on US-Mexico border
By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Fri., May 10, 2019 Starting in mid-September, motorists will be able to legally drive 110 kilometres per hour on major highways in the London, Niagara and Ottawa areas as the Ontario government embarks on a pilot project to determine if speed limits should be raised from the current 100. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek revealed the locations Friday in Delaware, near London, where Hwy. 402 to Sarnia and the border with Michigan will become a 110 zone for the two years of the study. Drivers on the Queen Elizabeth Way between Hamilton and St. Catharines and on Hwy. 417 from Ottawa to the Quebec border will also be able to legally cruise at 110 during the pilot project. “Otherwise, the stated speed limit is going to be 100,” said Yurek, who acknowledged a majority of drivers are already driving 110 on 400-series highways. The pilot project, in consultation with police, will monitor changes in average speed on the … [Read more...] about Ontario pilot project will raise some speed limits to 110 km/h
MEXICO CITY: After a long push in Mexico, China's Huawei landed a coveted job in 2017: supplying equipment for the country's so-called "red compartida," an ambitious telecommunications network built for carriers delivering the latest generation of technology.The contract came with a catch.Altan Redes, the company developing the network, announced that the most delicate work – involving the system's "core" and sites near the U.S. border – would go to Nokia, and awarded Huawei southern and central Mexico. Political sensitivities around Huawei, which the United States has denounced since 2012 as an untrustworthy agent of the Chinese government, factored into the decision, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.But limiting Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's role was easier said than done. While sites along the U.S. border remain with Nokia, Huawei has since gained work in three cities in northern Mexican regions that Altan had said publicly would go to Nokia, according … [Read more...] about US campaign against Huawei hits a snag south of the border
PANMUNJOM: South Korean soldiers held their normal stern and unmoving positions Wednesday outside the blue huts of Panmunjom village, the only place along the border where troops from the two Koreas stand nearly face-to-face, but with one notable omission: their weapons.Sporting their signature aviator sunglasses, the guards in the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula - standing only metres away from North Korean soldiers - were visibly no longer armed.Public tours to the southern side of the inter-Korean border village resumed on Wednesday morning with firearms and guardposts now removed from the designated Joint Security Area (JSA), after having been stopped in October to facilitate joint efforts by Seoul and Pyongyang to demilitarise the border.But with Pyongyang still in deadlock with the US over its nuclear weapons and economic sanctions - and fresh tension between North and South Korea - the tours began again with little fanfare.The truce … [Read more...] about Inter-Korean border village re-opens for public tours
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?