If a country cannot control who is and who isn’t allowed to enter, then how does Citizenship have any meaning?
A federal court judge has issued a very dangerous ruling, that could have large implications for Canada.
Judge Ann Marie McDonald ruled that the Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The ruling was in response to claims that Canada shouldn’t return illegal border crossers to the US because they could be detained or deported.
Just think about that for a second.
A judge has ruled that people who violate Canadian law and illegally enter our country cannot be sent back because the US – a free and democratic nation – may enforce their own laws in detaining people who illegally entered the US or may deport them to their countries of origin.
In effect, one judge has effectively ruled that people can illegally cross into Canada from the United States, and we can’t do a damn thing about it.
We are supposed to allow our laws to be violated, without being able to take recourse to enforce those laws.
This is incredibly dangerous.
First of all, it hurts all legitimate refugee claimants, who are coming from countries where there is actual danger.
Second, it makes a mockery of the idea of borders and national sovereignty, since the government elected by Canadians must have final authority over who our nation lets into our land.
And third – and most importantly – it is an insult to Canadian Citizens. We are expected to follow the law. We are supposed to be able to vote for people to enforce those laws. And Citizenship is supposed to come with benefits and privileges and protections far and above those of non-Citizens.
By letting illegal border crossers have the power to enter Canada and not be removed, this decision will further reduce the meaning of Canadian Citizenship, and could impose immense strains on our social programs – programs that are supposed to exist for the benefit of Canadian Citizens.
The government must appeal this decision immediately.
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