Canada: Immigration Lawyers Complain US Not Permitting Prominent Muslims to Cross Border

They complain that they are Canadian citizens with Canadian passports, so how dare the US deny them entry!

From the CBC,

Immigration lawyers report Canadian Muslims being denied entry to U.S.


A number of Canadian Muslims have been turned away at the Canada-U.S. border in recent weeks, immigration lawyers say.

Those denied entry include a prominent Guyana-born Toronto imam who serves as a chaplain with the Peel Regional Police and an Iraqi Turkmen community leader who has family members fighting ISIS in the Middle East.

Attorney Guberman called their denial of entry “Kafkaesque” implying that the US (under Trump!) was acting in a nightmarish and surreal bureaucratic fashion.

The two men — who were denied entry at different border crossings and were not travelling together — are among at least six Canadian Muslim men who have been denied entry at the U.S. border over the last two weeks.

The men and their families, all of whom are Canadian citizens, were given little in the way of explanation by border officials for the decision to deem them inadmissible.

Neither Guyana nor Iraq are among the seven Muslim-majority countries subject to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, which essentially blocks refugees and visitors from those countries from entering the U.S.

Both men were told to apply for visas at the U.S. consulate in Toronto before returning to the border to seek entry — an unusual process for people who hold Canadian passports.

The six men are represented by the Toronto-area immigration firm CILF — Caruso Guberman Appleby. Lawyers there say that if they’re seeing this level of activity at their law firm, there may be many other Canadian nationals facing similar problems at the border.

“We’ve seen a lot more in the last few weeks and we don’t know what to attribute it to. We know the climate there in the U.S. has changed, it’s a bit different, but at the same time there are processes and procedures and people should be afforded opportunities to challenge a case,” Daud Ali, a lawyer at CILF, told CBC News.

“But it’s hard to know what you’re going up against when you’re not told why you’re denied entry. The fact that they’re all Muslims, that raises some concerns about whether these people are being targeted or if this is a new form of some sort of ban…”

“Having worked as an immigration lawyer for over 40 years nothing surprises me anymore but, in all my years, I have never seen such a Kafkaesque scenario,” said Joel Guberman, a partner at the firm.

When asked if there has been a new directive in recent weeks with respect to Muslim travellers from Canada, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the agency “has not had any new policy changes.”

While unable to speak to specific cases because of privacy laws, the CBP spokesperson said “applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States. In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome all grounds of inadmissibility.”

There is much more here.

Canada has been rapidly expanding its African and Middle Eastern population and I expect more problems in the future with undesirables of all stripes crossing over from Canada.  Looks like the Trump Admin is trying to get a handle on it!



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8 thoughts on “Canada: Immigration Lawyers Complain US Not Permitting Prominent Muslims to Cross Border

  1. Maybe they didn’t hear President TRUMP when he said WE ARE FULL.

    If the procedure is to go to the Consulate and apply for a VISA, then go to the Consulate and apply for a VISA. Just because you have a Canadian Passport does not make you special. Quit whining. WE owe you NOTHING!

  2. Finally CBP and DHS looking out for safety of americans, it is refreshing.

  3. Not trying to be too depressing but, if nothing changes we’ll be right back to immigrating refugees full blast in 2020 or 2024. Do you see anyone in either party attempting to shut it off?

    1. Absolutely and that has been my point ever since I realized there was no major reform coming from the Trump Admin or Congress. In fact there will be larger numbers coming if the Dems win the White House because they will say they have to make up for the ‘Trump lost years!’

  4. Finally! Some little specks of good news!! After all, most of the formerly decent nations whose citizens might once have been welcomed, like Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, etc., are now all hotbeds of Islamic jihad, violence, hatred of Democracy and Free Speech, Americaphobia and Sharia Supremacism, so really, they should be a part of any “Muslim Ban”, if there were one, and need very close vetting. Like Jeremy Corbin!

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