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Policies for Canada – U.S.A. Borders?
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Policies for Canada – U.S.A. Borders?
the unprecedented and savage attacks on the United States on September 11,
2001, a key question for the Canadian government and Canadian people has
been “what, if any, was our role in possibly providing terrorists the
means to operate, co-ordinate and plan any portion of the attacks carried
out against New York City”?
question has dogged our government since September 11, 2001, with weak
responses by our Prime Minister, stating “no proof of terrorists in
Canada”. This statement carries very little weight when confronted with
the numerous reports by Canadian Security and Intelligence Service and the
RCMP stating that there has been significant activity – fundraising
being one notable activity – in Canada for some years now.
President George Bush has stated his desire to see common visa policies
developed for immigrants and visitors. Prime Minister Jean Chretien has
stated that “Canada’s polices on immigration will be developed and
administered by the Canadian government and no other government”. While
this is a strong statement of our sovereignty it also is very clear that
Canada must do much more to end the perception of Canada being an easy
target for international criminals and terrorists – in effect a safe
haven. Canada must implement very stringent controls on undocumented
arrivals, beginning with mandatory detention of those who fail to satisfy
authorities of their true identity and background. The new immigration
Bill C-11 does provide for increased security screening of refugee
claimants and measures to restrict appeals for those facing deportation.
This last measure is welcome considering Canada’s dismal deportation
record of the past - since 1995, more than 20,000 “refugees” are
believed to have slipped through the cracks in the system and most are
believed to be in the U.S.
measure now being fast tracked through the department of Citizenship and
Immigration is the introduction of a “green card” type of photo ID to
be issued to all permanent residents of Canada. It has long been
considered a problem by U.S. Immigration officials that Canada issues
immigrant documents that contain no photos or other means of physically
identifying those persons to whom immigrant visas have been legitimately
are many more issues at hand: cross border commercial traffic – valued
at $1.5 billion per day; border points being staffed by officials of both
countries; harmonized customs pre-clearance procedures and others. Clearly
the most contentious is the proposal to create common entry controls –
this is significant as Canada’s new bill on immigration, C-11, will have
a positive effect on immigration for persons who are educated,
professionally adaptable and have an ability in the English language.
South Asians and Southeast Asians stand to benefit greatly under the new
system as peoples from this region remain the number one source of
immigrants to Canada and are generally regarded as being well educated,
and as most are schooled in English, possess a built in advantage over
potential immigrants from non-English speaking countries.
is hoped that our government will not be pressured into significant
changes specific to Bill C-11 as it is now a bill that provides for
additional security measures while recognizing Canada remains a country in
need of skilled immigrants who want to contribute to Canadian society. An
appropriately applied Bill C-11 should also help ensure that potential
immigrants will continue to recognize Canada as a welcoming country that
continues to offer a safe and comfortable lifestyle for themselves and