The U.S. Will Start Tracking Canadian Tourists
Things keep getting worse for Canadian travellers.
News of president Trump's inhumane policies at the southern border of the United States has dominated headlines in the past two weeks.
But the president's administration has also quietly heightened security at the country's border with Canada to the north. Those regulations effectively suspend Canadians' rights at the border.
First, news broke that border agents have the power to search andwithout a warrant. Patrol agents have also throughout New England to stop, interview, and search foreigners travelling through the region.
And now, the American government will begin tracking Canadians' travel patterns in the United States. A bill in the the Canadian parliament would allow border agents to monitor individual citizens' voyages across the border and permit the U.S. to record information about their stays in the country. The neighbouring nations would then be able to share that data with each other's security agencies.
The bill, labelled C-21, passed the House this week and will likely pass the Senate by the fall. Its original aim is to identify Canadians who stay in the U.S. beyond the 182-day limit established by Canadian law and others who claim social benefits despite their expatriot status.
But some activists and officials have, rightly, raised concerns about sharing such information with the U.S. government, especially given the Trump administration's privacy infringements and human rights violations.
The authors of the bill guarantee that personal data would be secure, but the U.S. has proven itself an untrustworthy partner.