Customs & Immigration

Suggestions for the Syrian Refugee Initiative

The new Government has made it clear that it intends to proceed with its campaign promise to bring 25K Syrian refugees from the war torn region to Canada and that it will try and do so before the end of this year. An ambitious plan but then converting political promise into government action often is. [node:read-more:link]

Improperly documented visitors barred entry

Canadian border agents are turning away improperly-documented visitors to Canada in record numbers thanks to new guidelines that help intercept foreign nationals whom they have reason to believe will remain on a permanent basis or intend to work or study in Canada without proper visas. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. Senate rejects Trump's border emergency

The Republican-run Senate firmly rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. [node:read-more:link]

Person of ‘national security concern’ given residency

A person of "national security concern" was granted permanent residency "due to a series of failures" by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident, both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister's office is calling a "completely unacceptable" mistake. [node:read-more:link]

In Canada since 2015, refugee worked for ISIS

A mechanic who came to Canada in 2015 has been found complicit in crimes against humanity for repairing vehicles for the so-called Islamic State. The Lebanese national made several trips to Syria to work on ISIS military vehicles and also supervised other ISIS mechanics. The Refugee Appeal Division has ruled he made a “knowing and significant contribution to ISIS,” making him ineligible for refugee status. [node:read-more:link]


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