|Subject: CIC versus CBSA
Citizenship and Immigration personnel were split before 9/11 and since 9/11 a new agency was created called Canada Border Service Agency. CBSA staff are the ones that meet you at the airports when you arrive and at all border crossings.
Previously before they were merged at ports of entries (POE) any person arriving would be met by a Customs officer and due to some concerns the customs officer might have you would then be directed to a Immigration officer. The Immigration Officer would assess your situation and either admit you or write a report (charge) or detain you.
Immigration Officers are ones who would assess your circumstances and approve you to make a refugee claim to the IRB.
Now the Customs officers and the Immigration officers are joined and some from the former Customs department take their responsibilities of protecting our borders tooooooooo literally.
CBSA officers can now detain for identity. Someone making a refugee claim has to establish that they are from the country from which they seek asylum. Normally they are detained until they prove their identity by getting an identity document from their country, family or friend.
Without getting permission it appears that CBSA is informing countries that certain individuals are seeking protection of Canada by making refugee claims. Check out the comments by the CBSA spokesperson and the CIC spokesperson.
CBSA --- Waldman said border services has the legal right to verify the identity of any persons wishing to come into Canada, including checks with a refugee seeker´s country of origin.
CIC ---"We would not inform embassies about asylum seekers - absolutely not," said Karen Shadd of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
"The reason people are seeking asylum often is because they are in danger and it´s just not something we would do."
please read this article http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iW5p2tWR0QD0P2FD1sPO0JNbGzAQ
If your seeking refugee status in Canada it is suicide to authorize CBSA to allow them to inform your country that your running away from that your detained because then any chance of winning your refugee claim would be lost. Seeking assistance from your country you have a well founded fear of persecution from just because your detained is a sure way to get a negative decision.
THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE THAT THE PEOPLE AUTHORIZED CBSA TO CONTACT THEIR EMBASSIES THEY DID IT WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION.
Canada can and must do better.
| (in reply to: CIC versus CBSA)
So could denied refugees have grounds for a legal argument now?