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Echoes Concerns: Arms-Length Tribunal and Border Crossers

echoes concerns: The board has for months been struggling with a rapidly growing caseload, pushing wait times for hearings from weeks to months, according to National Observer. In June, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen ordered a full review of the arms-length tribunal, and that was even before a surge of asylum seekers at the border placed additional pressure on the board's decision-makers. And I think that's important, especially at this time of great politicization. In August, more than 2,300 claims were filed from border crossers, and a further 5,390 were filed in September. Grandi said he echoes concerns from advocates who say that could risk politicizing the process. One idea under consideration is whether the Immigration department itself should take over the refugee determination process. ( As reported in the news.