Bill C-23 Gives US Customs and Border Officers More Authority in Canada2017-04-21
Immigration experts are concerned about the legal implications of Bill C-23 for the current 12 million Canadians who go through preclearance at Canada airports. The bill was first negotiated between the governments of former prime minister Stephen Harper and former US president Barack Obama as part of the Beyond the Border agreement. Canadian federal government has pointed to the fact that the bill establishes that preclearance officers’ duties and functions will be subject to Canadian law.
Bill C-23 would give preclearance officers who work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Canadian soil the power to question, search and detain Canadians travelling to the United States via preclearance facilities at select Canadian airports.
To learn more about Bill C-23, read here.