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Enforcement Powers: Agreement and Refugee Claim

enforcement powers: When the agreement first came into force, the agreement was predicated on line-of-sight, Hussen told The Canadian Press on Tuesday, according to CTV. 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. 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. Now it's easier to establish 'country of first presence' without the need of line-of-sight. This is one of several ideas he has floated to the United States government as a means to modernize the safe third country agreement. You can do that with biometrics, you can do that other ways, so the agreement could incorporate those new developments, Hussen said. ( As reported in the news.