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Andrew Farrelly Discusses the Importance of Information-Sharing with Foreign Partners to U.S. Border Security in Opinion Piece for The Hill
While drawing upon his experience in passenger targeting as a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official, Farrelly critiques how President Trump is not placing enough emphasis on maintaining foreign partnerships to continue facilitating the intelligence and data sharing that is crucial to securing U.S. borders. Fortunately, there are many highly capable officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. CBP, the FBI, the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), and other U.S. agencies who will continue to leverage their institutional knowledge and experience in conducting risk management operations while collaborating with partners globally. However, actions taken by the President and his Administration to alienate foreign partners, such as Mexico and European nations traditionally relied upon for information about U.S.-bound travelers, will erode the trust needed to preserve the established intelligence sharing streams. While the value of policies and resource deployments such as travel bans and border walls are debated in the Administration and U.S. Congress, it’s important to consider the relative value that technology, such as automated passenger and cargo screening systems, provide to U.S. border security as well.
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U.S. Hits Canada’s Bombardier with High Duties, Canada Threatens to Cancel Large Boeing Purchase in Retaliation
While the most recent round of NAFTA renegotiation talks were being conducted in Ottawa, the U.S. Commerce Department assessed a preliminary 220% countervailing duty on Canada’s Bombardier C Series aircraft. In concurrence with a complaint by U.S.-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing, the U.S. ruled that the Canadian government had provided unfair subsidies to sell the Bombardier jets at artificially low prices. Delta, who is scheduled to begin receiving a large order of the jets in 2018, says they are “confident the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will conclude no U.S. manufacturer is at risk because neither Boeing or any other U.S. manufacturer makes any 100-110 seat aircraft that competes with the CS100.”
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has threatened to cease Canada’s planned purchase of $5 Billion worth of Boeing fighter jets in retaliation. Many Bombardier parts are also made in Northern Ireland where thousands of jobs could be at stake. U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May, has told President Trump she is bitterly disappointed in the ruling. However, a final ruling will not be made until next year by the USITC. U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, says he does not believe the situation will have an impact on ongoing NAFTA renegotiations.
On May 24th-25th in Scottsdale, Arizona, members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection leadership gathered with representatives of the trade community to discuss a variety of new initiatives and challenges currently facing the agency and the industry. Acting Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan; Executive Assistant Commissioner (EAC) for the Office of International Trade, Brenda Smith; and others from the Offices of International Trade, Field Operations, Trade Relations, and other U.S. agencies and departments such as Commerce and Agriculture, discussed topics such as Trade Enforcement, Technology Innovation, E-Commerce, Government-Industry Engagement, the CBP Centers of Excellence and Expertise, and special sessions for small businesses.