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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will launch a project on Monday to improve border security.
Under the pilot project, the two government agencies say they will "exchange data currently collected on third-country nationals -- those who are neither citizens of Canada nor of the U.S., permanent residents of Canada and lawful permanent residents of the United States" at the Pacific Highway in Surrey, B.C. and Blaine, Washington; Douglas (Peace Arch), Surrey, B.C. and in Blaine; the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ont. and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Lewiston, NY, and the Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls and the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, NY.
"As outlined in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, our governments are committed to maintaining the integrity of our shared border," Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, said in a statement Friday. "This sharing of entry and exit information will play a key part in bolstering border security."
In a press release, the CBSA said "a coordinated entry/exit system will help the U.S. and Canada identify persons who potentially overstay their lawful period of admission, track the departure of persons subject to removal orders, and verify that residency requirements are being met by applicants for continued eligibility in immigration programs.
"The process of collecting and sharing personal information will be done in accordance with each country's privacy laws and policies."