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More power to U.S. border guards in Canada concerns Seligman

A bill that would boost the powers of U.S. border officers stationed in this country should worry Canadian travellers, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman.

Pre-clearance is currently available at a number of airports and ferry departure points, allowing travellers to move through U.S. Customs and Border Protection before they leave this country.

However, Bill C-23, introduced by federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, would change the rules governing the process to allow U.S. officers to question, search and detain Canadians, even after they have indicated a desire to withdraw.

Peter Baraian