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Border Officials: Refugee Claim and Enforcement Powers

border officials: You could return someone back to the U.S. or the U.S. could return someone back to Canada if they're crossing at an official port of entry and you can see they're coming from the other side, . Hussen says new technologies like biometrics could give greater enforcement powers to border security officers and help modernize the agreement, according to Vancouver Courier. Now it's easier to establish 'country of first presence' without the need of line-of-sight. One idea he is floating is to use biometrics to allow border officials to better track the movements of individuals at official ports of entry to determine if they are eligible to make a refugee claim in Canada.article continues below Trending Stories City of Vancouver plans to invest in renewing aging infrastructure and amenities Positively 4th Avenue the rise and fall of Canada's hippie mecca Is rental-only zoning the answer to Vancouver's affordability crisis Please keep looking, says sister of UBC grad who fell into Squamish River When the agreement first came into force, the agreement was predicated on line-of-sight, Hussen told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. You can do that with biometrics, you can do that other ways, so the agreement could incorporate those new developments, Hussen said. But this change would do nothing to stop the flow of irregular migrants coming to Canada through unofficial entry points like the one at Que., since the safe third country agreement does not apply at non-official border crossings, said Conservative Immigration critic Michelle Rempel. This is one of several ideas he has floated to the United States government as a means to modernize the safe third country agreement. ( As reported in the news.