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Land Border: Peace Bridges and Immigration Services

land border: Under a pilot program launched last summer, the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA began to restrict flagpoling to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week at the Rainbow, Queenston-Lewiston and Peace bridges, according to Toronto Star. It has since expanded to the Lacolle and St-Armand ports of entry in Quebec. The move to limit the immigration services at the land border has wreaked havoc for temporary residents in Canada who try to immediately obtain or renew their status by briefly travelling to the United States and back a long-standing practice known as flagpoling, symbolizing applicants making a quick U-turn at flagpoles. This is unlawful because there is nothing in the law that authorizes CBSA to deny the processing of these applications for permits and landing documents, said Barbara Jo Caruso, chair of the Canadian Bar Association's immigration section. They have drugs and guns to deal with and immigration is one more thing. We appreciate that CBSA has 90 different legislations they need to adjudicate on. ( As reported in the news.