Customs & Immigration

Jihadi Jack poses no danger says mother

The mother of Muslim convert “Jihadi Jack” has denied he posed a “danger” despite his threat to behead a group of young British soldiers on Facebook, and his online message that he "would love to perform a martyrdom operation" (messages she did not report to authorities). [node:read-more:link]

Stranded Venezuelans get break

Canada will permit Venezuelans stranded in Canada without valid passports or other travel documents to remain in Canada for up to five years. Citizenship and Immigration Canada says Venezuela’s administrative meltdown in recent months has made it difficult for its consulates to renew expired documents while other Venezuelan expatriates with permanent resident status are finding their citizenship applications interrupted. [node:read-more:link]

Mixed immigration messages

Some public opinion polls suggest that many Canadians want immigration capped but Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship counters that most Canadians also support bringing in skilled workers to fill labour gaps. He made the comments in welcoming an OECD report which calls Canada’s economic immigration system a global benchmark. [node:read-more:link]

Former prison boss leads Guatemala

Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative and former director of Guatemala’s prison system, has been elected to a four-year term as president. He captured 59 per cent of the vote compared with 41 per cent which went to centre-left candidate Sandra Torres. Giammattei has said he wants to amend his country’s immigration arrangement with the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Changing Attitudes at the Borders

The Canadian Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Marine Enforcement Unit, responsible for all of Nova Scotia and our busiest Atlantic seaport, doesn't have a boat. It also has to get special permission to search a ship, because getting a team out there takes extra time... and money. [node:read-more:link]

Tighter borders urged by Bernier

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier says he would prefer to fence-off some sections of the border with the United States to block illegal refugees and that if he became Prime Minister he would declare the entire border an official port of entry “and send back to the U.S. anyone trying to enter illegally.” [node:read-more:link]


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