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Beyond the Border Action Plan

Written testimony of PLCY for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing titled “The Outer Ring of Border Security: DHS’s International Security Programs”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy (PLCY) Office of International Affairs Assistant Secretary & Chief Diplomatic Officer Alan Bersin highlights a series of international programs that have advanced DHS’ efforts to simultaneously enhance the security of our nation and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.

Beyond the Border Implementation Reports

On September 29, 2016, the White House released the fourth annual Beyond the Border Implementation Report, which summarizes the significant progress made in the fourth year following the release of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

United States and Canada Sign Preclearance Agreement

WASHINGTON – Consistent with the initiatives outlined in the 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney today signed the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada. This new agreement reaffirms the United States and Canada’s commitment to enhancing security while facilitating lawful travel and trade, and supersedes the existing U.S.-Canada Air Preclearance agreement signed in 2001.

Action Plan

The Governments of the United States and Canada have worked to identify specific action items to advance the goals of Beyond the Border. These initiatives are described in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which was released on December 7, 2011 by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper. This Action Plan draws from the expertise and experiences of front-line personnel on both sides of the border.

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