Spanning more than 5,000 miles and 13 states, including Alaska, the U.S.-Canada border could pose a much greater threat to the U.S. than initially thought. That’s according to U.S. Border Patrol Division Chief Bradley Curtis, who spoke with WLNY-TV in New York City, which is, as the station pointed out, only 300 miles from the Canadian border.

“Up here we’re encountering people from every single country,” Curtis said. “They’re coming across on snowmobiles. They’re coming across on ATVs. … We have 95 miles of water boundaries, so people come across on boat, canoes, anything you can think of.” Curtis cited one security concern in particular: Canada’s “open door policy” for Syrian refugees. Border Patrol operations officer Brad Brandt added to Curtis’ worries, saying that border agents have seen “illegal alien smuggling, narcotic smuggling and currency smuggling.” READ MORE