Letter from ICC Policy Chair Pouyan Tabasinejad to Minister of Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration, Hon. Ahmed Hussen regarding the recent developments in the U.S Travel Ban.
Date: June 26, 2017
Minister of Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration, Hon. Ahmed Hussen
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration, Serge Cormier
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Chrystia Freeland
Member of Parliament, Majid Jowhari
Member of Parliament, Ali Ehsassi
As I'm sure you are aware, the US Supreme Court reached a decision today allowing a large portion of President Trump's travel ban on 6 majority Muslim countries to be in place until at least early October. We at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) assert that this ban is not only inhumane and immoral, but also endangers the many Canadians with ancestry from these countries, including Iranian-Canadians, who travel across the US-Canada border for work, leisure, and visitation of family.
In late January, during the previous iteration of the ban, the Minister of Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration stated that Canadian permanent residents and dual-citizens would not be affected by President Trump's ban. We ask whether that continues to be the case.
We further call on the Government of Canada to assure that its citizens and permanent residents are not targeted or discriminated against at the border as a result of this ban. We also ask to know what the Government is currently doing to assure that its citizens are treated fairly at the US border.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress