2016 Canada Border Tour

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Our next tour will be in September of 2016. For the first time, we will be visiting the Canadian border. The week-long excursion will begin in Ottawa and explore both sides of the New York/Vermont/Ontario/Quebec portion of the border. We will meet with various immigration authorities and talk with locals as we explore the waterways and lowlands of the Champlain Valley, making it as far east as Lake Memphremagog before taking a circular route back to Ottawa.

Along the way we will visit the Eisenhower Locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway, take a guided tour of the border near the Trout River, and cross Lake Champlain by bridge and ferry. We will pass through several towns on both sides of the border, including the resort of Magog. We will visit a local maple syrup producer and pass by the dairy farms of the region that employ illegal-alien laborers from Mexico and Central America.

We will discuss how Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to remove Mexican visa restrictions might affect illegal crossings across relatively unguarded parts of the U.S. border and hope to receive a briefing from experts about Canada's response to the challenge of Muslim extremist groups. All of this will give us an understanding of the unique character of the region and the specific challenges of securing this area of the border.

The tour will be led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and CIS Senior Research Fellow Jerry Kammer, who will be joined by Executive Director Mark Krikorian, Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan and Assistant Director John Wahala. Please contact John at jaw@cis.org if you are interested in joining us for this invaluable look at the northeast border.

Read accounts and view pictures of past tours:

Constant Activity on the California Border

Holding Steady in West Texas

A Washington Narrative Meets Reality

Sunshine, Saguaros, and Smugglers

Reflections from the Border

Testimonials from Past Guests:

"All I can say is top notch, incredibly well-done. These tours are can't miss." - Jim

"Every American should come see the state of the southwest border." - Linda

"The various people we met brought into stark relief the magnitude of the problems the nation faces arising from illegal immigration." - Allan

"You promised we would not get the usual Border Patrol spin job or fed the Janet Napolitano line about how border security has improved, and you were right. We heard and saw at many dangerous border sites from local ranchers, a veteran customs agent, border residents and brave journalists who really knew their stuff, the dismal truth about how our federal government has failed to protect American citizens." - Don

"We thought the arrangements to meet these extraordinary people were superb, as was the guidance and logistics on the entire trip. Thanks for all you did to make our visits such memorable experiences." - Don

"It was an outstanding trip. So much experience and information packed into just a few days. Thanks for the excellent arrangements!" - Sarah