Given the controversy surrounding this new legislation, I fact-checked some of the claims made by the Canadian Government in support of Bill C-23.
At this point, I have to ask myself: do I want to risk my freedom, privacy or well-being — or that of a family member — to travel to Donald Trump's America?
They also don't get to "jump the queue" ahead of people in refugee camps.
For now, it will move forward with the 24 U.S. trips that have already been approved, but the entire group will turn back if any students with appropriate documentation are turned away.
Canada has a compassionate, principled approach to both immigration and refugees. Our government's inability to control this developing situation may ultimately do harm to our current refugee system, ultimately causing Canadians to have a lack of faith in the system, and ultimately in the government that is charged with managing it.
A lot of Canadians also aren't happy about the Trudeau government's approach.
In 2011, financed with Canadian taxpayer money, the government initiated a billboard campaign in the predominant countries of origin of Roma claimants. It sought to deliberately deter Roma from seeking asylum in Canada, stating that "people who make a [refugee] claim without sound reasons will be processed faster and deported faster."
Canadian groups headed to America have two choices: Stump up $2000-$5000 in border fees and union dues and wait weeks for a permit, or go without and risk a two to five year personal ban from the US. Whether it's a one night show played for beer and beds or a full arena tour makes little difference to the costs and paperwork involved.
Canadians may be surprised to learn that United States citizens who have been convicted of (or who have committed) a single instance of Driving under the Influence ("DUI") will actually be barred from Canada. Some U.S. citizens may believe that this is unfair also, especially since Canadians who have DUI convictions are generally not barred from the United States.
You don't have to be doing something wrong to dread a border crossing. In fact, most Canadian travelers venturing across the border in the U.S., dread the time spent waiting in line, the awkward passport check and the uncomfortable questioning. But border crossings don't always have to be daunting, and these five simple tips can help you reach your destination with the hold-ups or the stress.