Daines: Montana’s Northern Border is Critical to National Security

SWEETGRASS, Mont. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today toured Montana’s Northern Border with Canada to discuss the importance of keeping Montana and the United States safe and secure.  

During the visit, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials demonstrated new technology being used on the border, and discussed new methods being used for security.  

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Following the technology demo Daines said: “This is a great example of how we are using technology to be a force multiplier here for the men and women who serve protecting us at the northern border… It’s an open and porous border, this is how we can use technology to make sure we secure our northern border.”  

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Daines chatting with Border Patrol officers at Northern Border 

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Daines saw firsthand the latest in aerial and terrestrial technologies – including small unmanned aircraft systems, ground sensors, and autonomous towers. These new capabilities coupled with advancements in communications will serve to better protect our border while enhancing the safety of the men and women of CBP.


The United States’ Northern Border with Canada is 5,525 miles long, with 545 of that being in Montana.

Daines has long advocated the importance of securing our Northern Border with Canada.

Most recently, Daines fought to keep four of Montana’s POEs operating at full hours and secured the decision to keep the Port of Raymond open 24/7.