— Patricia Moon (@nobledreamer16) May 9, 2016
Masquerading (?) as an extension of the pre-clearance system already in place, the Canadian government ” is preparing to introduce legislation that will establish rules for a new border-crossing experiment that could change the way travellers enter the U.S.”
- It will spell out the rights and responsibilities of U.S. customs agents working on Canadian soil
- preclearance is being extended to land travel with the first pilot projects occurring at train stations in Vancouver and Montreal
Under the 2001 airport deal, American agents can detain travellers in Canada — but it would be up to domestic police services to make a formal arrest. Also, American officers can be present for a strip search, but not when it involves travellers of the opposite sex. Other provisions govern the ability of agents to carry firearms.
“This is not a newfangled thing. We have preclearance (at airports),” Freeland said in an interview. “It works very well for Canadians, and that’s why we’re keen to extend it and formalize the structure a bit more.”
The land-preclearance agreement was first announced by the former Conservative government and the Obama administration, but implementing legislation had never been passed.
“That’s a really important step — introducing and passing the enabling legislation in Canada is really important,” said Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian American Business Council.
The Canadian government has apparently concluded that the economic benefit warrants the cost. Canada will pay for U.S. customs infrastructure on Canadian soil.
Hmmmm… if we already have a pre-clearance program, why on earth do we need more rules, particularly ones that define being detained by Americans on Canadian soil, strip searches, and use of firearms by US agents? This reminds me an awful lot of the IGA and how it is “authorized by the Treaty.” If the Treaty covered it, why the IGA? If pre-clearance is already established, why the need for rules that sound like anticipated arrests rather than just the checking of documents etc? And of course, implementing legislation in the US does not exist and Canada (of course) will pay for Americans operating on Canadian soil. Will Canadian officers have the same “rights and responsibilities on US soil and will the US pay for that?
I cannot help but think that this is another way for the U.S. to try and sneak through the problems that have prevented previous attempts to have policing conducted by the U.S. in Canada as the U.S. sees fit. Definitely something we should all keep an eye on.
End of Nations: Canada, the US and the “Security Perimeter” – GlobalResearchTV
While this video is from 2011, it outlines the recent history of border initiatives and questions the effects of cooperation with the Americans. Listen to former US Ambassador Jacobsen describe how no legislation is required; all this can be achieved via executive action. (sound familiar?)