OTTAWA Canadian Key Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday defended strategies to give extra powers to U.S. border brokers stationed in Canada, indicating tourists would at all periods be shielded by domestic guidelines.
As part of a 2015 offer amongst Canada and the United States, Trudeau’s federal government has introduced draft legislation permitting U.S. border brokers based mostly in Canada extra leeway to problem and research individuals wishing to enter the United States.
Critics say this will increase the likelihood of abuse at a time when the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is cracking down on immigrants, prompting dozens of individuals to cross the border into Canada each and every 7 days.
“Canadian guidelines are in spot, so there is added protection when Canadians go via American customs in Canada,” Trudeau explained to reporters.
U.S. border brokers have been working in Canada due to the fact the nineteen fifties, pre-clearing would-be people and addressing probable safety threats. The brokers are presently based mostly at eight Canadian airports and beneath the 2015 offer, the software will be expanded to two extra airports as perfectly as Montreal prepare station.
Vacationers who adjust their minds and come to a decision not to enter the United States are presently authorized to go away. The new legislation permits U.S. brokers to problem and if have to have be strip research individuals seeking not to enter the United States.
Officers say the new more durable provisions are needed to discourage militants probing for weaknesses at U.S.-operated border services.
Trudeau is beneath stress in Parliament from the remaining-leaning opposition New Democrats, who say U.S. border guards are by now racially profiling Canadians who want to enter the United States.
“What will the federal government do to secure apparent assurances for Canadians who want to cross the border? When will the Key Minister stand up for Canadians … will he stand up to the bully?” questioned Jenny Kwan, the party’s spokeswoman for immigration, referring to Trump.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren Editing by Alistair Bell)