Margaret Schaut

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DHS Muscles the Great Lakes

Ore Boats on the Great Lakes

Ore Docks and other Lakes businesses targeted by Homeland Security for free ‘security functions’ around the Great Lakes.

Over the last few years, Michigan and the Great Lakes has seen a devastating surge in policing action by the Department of Homeland Security, around all shores of the Great Lakes.

Most recently, the Ore Docks have been targeted as security sites, at the expense of the businesses there. An anonymous source explained, “We fought this by contacting our Congressional and State Representatives and got nowhere. We are now required, by Homeland Security, to secure the shores around the business. If anyone, a fisherman, a citizen walking their dog, a couple swimming, come near to the area, our workers have to leave their work, go to those people, escort them to a security shed, get their identification and contact Homeland Security with a complete report. Homeland Security decides what happens to the people who inadvertently use the shores near the business. This is done at the expense of the BUSINESS, not Homeland Security, and proves to be a disruption in normal work days.”

The obvious questions are, for example, what justification could Homeland Security possibly have for such a procedure? What can justify requiring a business to do the policing, detain ‘citizen suspects’, demand their identification, write security reports, and be in contact with Homeland Security to decide ‘what to do’ with the citizens thus illegally detained?

The arrogance connected with these kinds of demands are not new for Homeland Security in Michigan.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, the five-term Republican congresswoman whose district includes Selfridge, said Friday that the Department of Homeland Security has been “tremendously beefing up” at the base and working with the Michigan Air National Guard contingent there on border security efforts.

The imaginary problem with illegal border crossing between Michigan and Canada, at the tiny point of Sault Ste Marie is one focus of Homeland Security:

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has proposed the use of “fencing and other barriers” on the 49th parallel to manage “trouble spots where passage of cross-border violators is difficult to control.”
The border service is also pondering options including a beefed-up technological presence through increased use of radar, sensors, cameras, drones and vehicle scanners. In addition, it might continue to improve or expand customs facilities at ports of entry.

Rigorous Border Patrolling at the US Canadian Border in Detroit/Windsor has raised serious concerns about massive losses of trade numbering in the billions of dollars between the State of Michigan and Canada. With no evidence to justify such strictures on this border, but mere propaganda, the economic damage done to Michigan has closed untold thousands of businesses who rely on that trade for their incomes, at a time when Michigan’s economy is already stomped down on the ground.

Nobody imagined when Congress created the Department of Homeland Security that the department itself would mount the next attack on American transportation, travel and trade. But the department begins an assault this week that will do billions of dollars in damage if it is not stopped.

While there are virtually ZERO illegal immigrants coming from Canada into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, still DHS has opened Homeland Security Immigration offices there, replete with militarized training.

Far and away, NAFTA is the overriding concern with Michigan, as NAFTA superhighway, the new NAFTA Bridge and the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan, are critical resources in the hands of the few who can seize them. Like the policing ascribed to Great Lakes business owners at the ore docks, all of this is done at the expense of Michigan taxpayers and small businesses, not only in dollars, but in freedoms lost, resources stolen, and the affliction of a formerly free and productive people.

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