KGMI News Review
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce has entered a statement in a federal case that demands more accountability from U.S. Customs and Border Protection when they stop Canadians from entering the U.S.
The chamber has jointly filed a “friend of the court” brief in the case, saying that the expedited removal of Canadians has the potential to severely hurt cross-border trade.
The case is scheduled for oral argument today in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bill Gorman with the chamber says the expedited removal of Canadians diminishes the strong and open relationship between the two countries.
Canadians who are subjected to the expedited removal process are barred from reentering the U.S. for at least five years, and cannot appeal the removal in any forum including the U.S. court system.
The brief says allowing customs officer to make unreviewable decisions is an invitation for abuse.