Farmer stands up to Department of Homeland Security

Ingrid Peritz

Franklin, Vt. — From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, May. 21, 2010 9:51PM EDT Last updated on Friday, May. 21, 2010 10:03PM EDT

Few spots on the Canada-U.S. border would seem as tranquil as Morses Line. Cows vastly outnumber cars. You’re more likely to hear the sounds of songbirds than an idling 18-wheeler.

Yet it’s here, on a rustling meadow seeded with clover and alfalfa just steps from the border with Quebec, that the Department of Homeland Security envisions a modern new border station to bolster security on its northern frontier. That is, unless dairy farmer Clement Rainville gets his way.

“ They say they want to reinforce the border here. But we’re not at war. ”— Clement Rainville

In a David-and-Goliath standoff, Mr. Rainville and his family are resisting demands to hand over 4.9 acres of their farmland to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, arguing that it’s crucial to the operation of their third-generation family farm.


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