12/07/2011 03:09 EST | Updated 12/07/2011 03:28 EST

Beyond The Border: What You Need To Know About The U.S.-Canada Deal On 'Perimeter Security'


Prime Minister Stephen Harper is at the White House today to announce the details of a long-awaited border security agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Beyond The Border initiative is intended to foster the sharing of intelligence and the streamlining of cross-border trade.

It kicks in more than 10 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, resulted in American officials — fearful of a terrorist threat from Canada — beefing up security at the Canada-U.S. border.

Among other measures, the deal aims to address threats at the earliest possible opportunity, facilitate trade and economic activity, build on cross-border law enforcement programs and enhance emergency and cyber infrastructure.

With files from The Canadian Press

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