The Canadian Bar Association's president René Basque has issued a statement on the United States' executive order on foreign entry, expressing concern over "the discriminatory nature and extraterritorial impact" of the EO on those it targets.
"While the US government has now given high-level assurances that the order does not apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, it seems to be based on the national interest exemption in the order and determined on case-by-case with no clear procedures," the statement reads. "Individuals may still face issues at ports of entry.
Basque also calls upon the federal government to examine how the order will affect agreements and policies between Canada and the U.S., including the Safe Third Country Agreement, which manages requests for refugee protection in the two countries. "If refugee claimants no longer have access to a meaningful and fair adjudication process in the US, Canada must continue to fulfil its own international obligations and offer to process their claims in Canada," the statement concludes.
Yves Faguy is the senior editor of National Magazine. / Yves Faguy est le rédacteur principal du magazine National.