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Plan calls for joint North American security perimeter by 2010

[JURIST] The leaders of United States, Canada and Mexico will discuss a joint plan to protect North American borders and improve movement between countries when they meet next week at a North American summit in Texas. A report released Monday [Council on Foreign Relations press release], jointly sponsored by the foreign relation councils of all three nations, calls for the creation of a common economic and security community by the end of the decade. Among the recommendations are an integrated terror watch list, unified visa regulations, and biometric border passes to allow easier movement between countries. The plan calls for the creation of a North American community with aspects similar to the EU. The plan must still overcome sizeable hurdles, as Canadians have voiced concerns over soverignty, while Mexico fears a US seizure of natural resources, and the US cites security concerns. CBC News has more.

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