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US Built A Barrier At The Canadian Border To Deal With 'Dangerous Criminal Enterprises'

There's a "cable barrier" between the two countries
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A new barrier at the border. The Canada-U.S. border now has a section with a fence separating the two countries. It was put up by the U.S. to deal with safety concerns.

Even though non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. is banned and the border has been closed for months, people are still getting through.

At a four-kilometre stretch of the border that's between Langley, B.C. and Lynden, Washington, a short fence has been built.

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According to Global News, it's in place now to address safety concerns that affect both countries that relate to having a part of the border being open and vulnerable. 

It's not a chain-link fence or a wooden one like people see in their day to day lives. It's a cable barrier system that has posts in the ground connected to each other by thick cables that run horizontally.

While this isn't a huge deterrent for people crossing on foot since it's possible to go over it or between the cables, there is an actual purpose.

"This barrier is designed to prevent vehicles from either accidentally or purposefully crossing the boundary and endangering citizens in both countries," U.S. Customs and Border Patrol told Global News.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol told the Associated Press that the barrier has been put up between B.C. and Washington to stop "dangerous criminal enterprises."

It's meant to deter people from trying to illegally come into both countries.

People have been meeting at this stretch of the border between B.C. and Washington to spend time with family and friends while still staying in their own countries.

At some parts, there's nothing but a strip of grass between two roads that separates Canada and the U.S.

Due to the border closure, Canadian-American couples have gotten creative with their weddings.

A couple got married right at the border in Alberta so families in both countries could be there and another got married over FaceTime with one of them in the U.S. and the other in Canada.