Canada shares an 8,891 kilometre-long border with our neighbour to the south. After its closure to non-essential travel because of COVID-19, the U.S. could be looking into other measures along that stretch. The Canada-U.S. border could have American troops near it but Justin Trudeau wants it to stay undefended.
According to Global News, officials inside the White House have been discussing putting troops near the border between the two countries because of COVID-19.
During his daily press conference on March 26, Trudeau confirmed that talks are happening between the two governments.
"We have been in discussions with the United States on this," he said after being asked about the reports.
However, the Prime Minister also mentioned that putting military personnel near the shared border is not a wanted scenario.
"Canada and the United States have the longest un-militarized border in the world and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way," he said.
Citing sources within the White House, Global News reported that this move is under consideration because of concerns about people crossing over at unofficial points.
Those sources said that the military personnel would help border guards to detect irregular crossings.
According to CBC, a source has said that the White House is looking to put 1,000 troops about 25 kilometres from the border.
Remote sensors would be used to detect people crossing irregularly.
Global News also reported that no decision has been made yet on whether or not this will actually happen.
Canada and the U.S. confirmed they had mutually agreed to close the border on March 18.
The closure stopped non-essential travel between the countries.
Before anyone else could announce it, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about it.
Trudeau said the closure will stay in place as long as it's needed.