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Experts say Scheer’s plan to close border loophole ‘doomed to failure’

Experts are questioning whether Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer can successfully close the border loophole without full co-operation from the U.S.

2019-10-09 9:31:00 PM

Experts are questioning whether Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer can successfully close the border loophole without full co-operation from the U.S. elxn43 cdnpoli

Experts are questioning whether Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer can successfully close the border loophole without full co-operation from the U.S.

Scheer’s pledge, made Wednesday atRoxham Roadin Quebec, came with few details on exactly how he would close the loophole.Scheer said his “preferred option” would be to renegotiate the STCA with the U.S., but when pressed on what he would do if U.S. President Donald Trump refused to make a deal, Scheer was light on details.

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Story continues below advertisement“There are other options. There are other tools available to the government that we will also be exploring,” Scheer said.The rising rhetoric around refugees is fuelling many falsehoods about whether these new arrivals pose a threat

The rising rhetoric around refugees is fuelling many falsehoods about whether these new arrivals pose a threatOne of these options is to declare the entire Canada-U.S. border an official port of entry. This way, people entering the country would be covered by the STCA and — if they do not qualify for an exemption under the agreement — would be sent back to the U.S.

Scheer suggested this is one of the options he’s looking at when he said the “principles” of the STCA could be applied at other points along the border.But migration experts, border security officials and the government have questioned whether this is possible.

READ MORE:Experts surprised immigration didn’t play more prominent role in federal leaders’ debateSharry Aiken, a Queen’s University law professor, says any plan to scrap the loophole in the STCA without agreement from the U.S. is “doomed to failure.”

Meanwhile, she says expanding the agreement to cover the entire border is nonsensical because Canada does not have the resources to enforce this type of mass “securitization” of the border, nor is this type of strategy effective.“It’s a huge border.”Tweet This

Story continues below advertisementAiken points to the U.S.-Mexico border as an example of why increased security does not mean fewer irregular migrants.“As we can see in relation to what’s going on with respect to America’s efforts in relation to Mexico, they’re an abysmal failure,” she said. “People are still crossing, just at higher costs and at peril to their lives. People are dying all the time.”

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Promise would require new legislationSince spring 2017, there has been a significant influx of asylum seekers in Canada, many of whom entered the country irregularly at unofficial border crossings.The total number of asylum claims made in Canada in 2018 was 55,000, of which about one-third crossed the border irregularly. This was up from 23,500 total claims two years earlier.

Fighting Disinformation: Misleading claims in campaign adsFighting Disinformation: Misleading claims in campaign adsIn addition to pledging to close the loophole in the STCA, Scheer said he would move existing judges from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) closer to the border and widely used unofficial crossings to speed up the processing time for claims and make crossing “illegally” less attractive.

But Aiken and others say Scheer could not do this without first introducing new legislation to change the IRB’s mandate. That’s because the IRB operates independently of the government, and administrative decisions are strictly the authority of the IRB’s chairperson, she said.

Story continues below advertisementConservative MP uses campaign flyer to spread falsehoods about ‘fake refugees’Raoul Boulakia, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, says moving refugee judges to the border would also make it a lot harder for asylum seekers to access a lawyer — a right they are guaranteed under Canada’s Constitution.

Meanwhile, Craig Damian Smith, director of the Global Migration Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, said Scheer’s pledge lacks vital details.For example, he wonders if Scheer would create detention camps at the border for asylum seekers who enter the country irregularly to be held while their claims are processed.

Scheer claims asylum seekers are ‘skipping the line’Scheer claims asylum seekers are ‘skipping the line’Smith also questions the logistics of the move. The IRB isn’t just made up of judges, he said. There are translators, administrative staff, offices and other things needed in order for claims to be heard and judges to be able to do their jobs.

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Smith says holding asylum seekers at the border while their claims are processed — no matter how quickly this is done — presents other problems, such as limiting their ability to work, pay taxes and receive health care.READ MORE:The Conservative Party, meanwhile, says that if elected, it will amend existing immigration legislation and regulations to make sure IRB judges can be deployed to irregular crossing “hot spots.”

Story continues below advertisementThe money needed to relocate IRB judges will come from existing budgets, Conservatives say, adding that there are no plans to change current work-permit rules for people whose asylum claims are allowed to go forward.

Scheer has repeatedly said closing the STCA loophole would make Canada’s immigration system fairer, more orderly and more compassionate. Read more: Globalnews.ca »

As opposed to trudeau announcing open borders with free coach transportation and hotels in Toronto? Pfftt. Super-Scheer can do anything. Trudeau's law + order dude BillBlair disagrees with you. Do you expect MS13 or any gang member to self-identify at the border? Your experts all singing from the same song sheet. Plus, Trudeau paying tax dollars to silence Canadian residents that live at RoxhamRoad.

Just don't let ppl cross. How hard can it be? Scheer, haven’t been honest about his dual citizenship. Or his education. Scheer never received the proper accreditation to be an insurance broker, a job Scheer has claimed numerous times during the campaign to have held. JUST SAY NO to Scheer Why is it every anti-Scheer comment is from a fake TwAtter account? TrudeauMustGo Scheer4PM

which experts would those be? Biased Liberal opinion know it all, but actually know nothing, Trudeau groupies? Are the same experts questioning how thousands upon thousands of people can just walk across the border and receive free room and board? 770CHQR “Experts” the answer by biased media always At least he is willing to try.. I don’t believe in experts anymore, if we had any experts in this country, we wouldn’t have had this problem in the first place.

AndrewScheer will probably have a 100% better chance that Trudeau did. Like half of Trudeaus promises require the cooperation of Provincial Premiers including Ford and Kenney. Where is the piece on those being doomed to failure. Here come all those damn ‘experts’ again, it’s amazing how many Canada has, just wish ‘experts’ would agree with other ‘experts’

Fail. Wont happen yet another lie Of course he’ll have to involve the US. Maybe POTUS will enjoy working with an adult and assist Reading the replies are proof that Liberal supporters are uninformed fools. I sure hope Canadian voters read more than this lot of idiots. cdnpoli It's a minor tweak. From 'border crossings' to 'border'. It will more accurately reflect the intention of the agreement. cdnpoli elxn43

If US officials don't have to deal with justintrudeau cafreeland among other Liberals who politically stab them in the back and talk smack about them. Then one can expect US officials to be more than willing to discuss issues and settle them. This is the con's biggest red herring yet. We don't have an illegal immigration 'problem'. Asylum is legal. They all get processed.

Great can we lock AndrewScheer out Trudeau didn't create the problem. Folks with temporary shelter in U S feared being sent home, due to one Trump's various insanities, so they headed for Canada. Do you really think trudeau or any of the other socialists can do it? trudeau has had 4years with a MAJORITY GOVERNMENT, literally a dictator, and he only made things a million times worse with his come to canada speech if you don't like president trump.

By experts do they mean Liberals He’s got to better than Trudeau. Another liberal government will probably see the break up of this country. Well, between his anti-Canadian, resume lying & citizenship lying, anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigration & racist political views, I would have to believe he has a lot in common with the current US government - they may have him in their pocket already.

Andrew Scheer is now showing his true colors. Used to be Maxime Bernier would say out loud what the Conservatives whisper to each other. Now he’s gone full PPC. I figured it would happen at some point. That time is now. New poll numbers have the CPC in panic mode. When your following has the intellect of a chimp, you just have to talk bananas.

realDonaldTrump has been doing this with other countries already At least he will try. All drama boy did was shout from the rooftops 'everyone is welcome'. More MSM support for Trudeau all for a few bucks...you now know the cost for integrity! Scheer can't even close his mouth when other people are talking... He ain't doing jack squat

Even attempting to is more than our useless PM has done.

Scheer takes Conservative campaign close to notorious Quebec border crossingThe Conservatives aren't saying whether they're talking about immigration and the border on the federal campaign trail today, but leader Andrew Scheer is gathering reporters for a field trip starting just a couple of kilometres from the spot in Quebec where thousands of irregular migrants have crossed into Canada. Good! JustinTrudeau and HonAhmedHussen have made a mess of immigration! It is time to bring in a govt that will shut down illegal border crossings! BobBratina You need to be voted out! NikkiKaurCPC CPC_HQ BRAVE Build that wall

Scheer takes Conservative campaign close to notorious Quebec border crossingThe Conservatives aren't saying whether they're talking about immigration and the border on the federal campaign trail today, but leader Andrew Scheer is gathering reporters for a field trip starting just a couple of kilometres from the spot in Quebec where thousands of irregular migrants have crossed into Canada. Good! JustinTrudeau and HonAhmedHussen have made a mess of immigration! It is time to bring in a govt that will shut down illegal border crossings! BobBratina You need to be voted out! NikkiKaurCPC CPC_HQ BRAVE Build that wall

Conservatives would fund expansion of two Toronto subway lines, Scheer saysThe Conservative Leader is pledging his party’s support for the expansion of the Ontario Line and the Yonge Subway Extension every government for years has said they'll pay for subways. it'll never happen. Why don’t the people of Ontario own the 407? It’s just a given for the economic prosperity of this entire area that the highway be owned by its people. What the heck are you people doing? Wow. I love it when they recycle promises from every party from the last 30 years

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon MediaNo shit Sherlock Huffington post, no bias here. Trying to make your lad look like a Canadian. The puppet masters are panicking because they can't control Trump as this trade war is interfering with their Chinese labour exploits 😄

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media'Oddly Obessed' by Trudeau ScheerAmerican continues to try to distance himself from his BFF Doug 'gone to ground' Ford Well AmericanAndy when you’ve got no experience, never really worked a real job, and have no plan for us to scrutinize, what’s a guy to do? Hit the guy you said had the same priorities as you. No about your obsession with JT, I’m sure you say his name more than Sophie. You mean Andy is 'oddly obsessed' over Justin!

Conservatives would fund expansion of two Toronto subway lines, says ScheerAndrew Scheer is promising that a Conservative federal government would try to unclog commuter traffic in Canada's biggest city by funding a pair of projects to extend Toronto's subway. He would also sell his soul to the devil for those 416 votes! The guy is a joke! Hell they all are ... no real standout choice in this election! Giving commuters an alternative to motor vehicles is good. Giving new immigrants and entry level workers viable public transport to get to their jobs is great. Unless a Conservative supports it. Then Progressives are absolutely against the environment and immigrants. Let the taxpayers of Toronto, that are the majority users of that system, pay for it! Why should taxpayers across the Province or Country, foot the entire bill of a project that has no benefit to them? Oh, and Ford has already made this promise, so it is not Sneers idea!