Archive for the ‘US Immigration’ Category

Beyond the Border Action Plan: Suggestions for NEXUS Enhancements

gboos | January 25, 2012 in Beyond the Border,border security,Nexus,Uncategorized,US Canada border,US Canada Trade Relationship,US Immigration | Comments (0)

Tags:

U.S. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper have sanctioned an ongoing discussion to remove barriers that impede the legitimate flow of people, goods and services across the Canada/USA border. To this end, in December of 2011, the two countries issued a document called the BEYOND THE BORDER Action Plan (the “Plan”). Among many ambitious proposals, the Plan calls for NEXUS enhancement.

By separating NEXUS enrollees from the rest of the traveling public, NEXUS enables Canadian and U.S. border authorities to concentrate their efforts on potentially high-risk travelers and goods, thereby enhancing border security. It also allows frequent border crossers to enjoy predictable and timely border-crossings. This blog urges that the Plan’s NEXUS enhancements include the following:

  • Retreat from NEXUS’ Zero Tolerance enrollment policy that denies NEXUS benefits to persons with criminal convictions for minor violations of the law, no matter how old. A waiver of ineligibity for FAST enrollment is available to qualifying truck drivers with minor convictions. There is no sound reason why such benefit should be denied NEXUS applicants.
  • Establishment of an appeals process by the U.S. (Canada already has such a process) for NEXUS denials and revocations. NEXUS has matured since its establishment in 2001 as part of the Smart Border accord, and due process protections need to be built into its application and revocation procedures. A Smart Border is incomplete without such safeguards.

NEXUS attempts to strike a balance between national security and economic security, but the application of zero-tolerance program eligibility rules combined with the lack of an appeals mechanism for those denied NEXUS program benefits shows little regard for personal security. To date, NEXUS procedures have left individual rights subject to the whim of institutional expediency.

The Plan also indicates that the U.S. and Canada will implement a joint marketing plan for NEXUS. To this end, this blog suggests that NEXUS enrollees be able to opt-in for NEXUS e-mail updates through which participants receive updated information regarding additions and deletions of prohibited food items, changes in NEXUS hours, addition of NEXUS lanes at various Ports of Entry, and periodic reminders of NEXUS rules.

NEXUS has proven itself at land- border crossings and airports. This blog suggests NEXUS documented passengers receive priority boarding benefits when boarding US destined cruise ships or AMTRAC at Vancouver BC.

Greg Boos blogs from his office in Bellingham WA and his home in Vancouver BC. Please contact Greg the following address should you desire assistance on a US immigration matter:

Greg Boos, Attorney at Law
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
1305 11th Street, Suite 301
Bellingham WA 98225
CascadiaImmigrationLaw.com
360/671-5945
gdboos@americanlaw.com

At Cascadia Cross-Border Law, we create transparent borders!


Doing Business in USA Seminar Scheduled for November 3 in Delta BC

gboos | September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized,US Canada Trade Relationship,US Immigration | Comments (0)

September 28, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seminar offers guidelines for USA sales, shipping and business transactions

A group of veteran Canada/USA and international trade professionals will provide practical guidelines to British Columbia entrepreneurs and professionals at an upcoming seminar entitled, Doing Business in the USA. This one-day seminar is designed to give Canadian manufacturers, importers, distributors, agents and other business professionals the tools they need to easily expand their business interests across the border. Key topics include:

1. Dealing with “border issues”, such as U.S. travel and immigration planning, U.S. Customs clearance, business planning, taxation, currency exchange, and legal considerations.

2. Understanding “logistics issues”, such as establishing a USA business identity, warehousing,
transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods.

3. Introduction to “importing” lower-cost goods into the USA that have been “outsourced” or purchased in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

4. “Sales/marketing strategies”, including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls.

5. “Money, Money, Money!”, a lively open forum (with guest “experts”) to discuss various related topics of interest to the audience.

6. “Resource introductions”, including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which provides federal government programs and services at home and abroad.

The Doing Business in the USA seminar has welcomed over 4,000 attendees at various locations in BC since 1997. The main motivation for attendance by BC entrepreneurs hasn’t changed, namely the extra profit opportunity offered by a huge and affluent market of over 300 million buyers that is very receptive to foreign goods.

According to seminar organizer, Jim Pettinger, “Now is a great time for a Canadian company to invest in expansion to the USA. The strong Loonie will buy 20 to 50 percent more marketing services than it has in years (e.g., tradeshows, travel, hotel rooms, advertising).

The Doing Business in the USA seminar is targeted at three groups: (1) new exporters to the USA who need to know the basics, (2) new or inexperienced staff members of current exporters to the USA, and (3) professionals who advise the previous two. Plenty of time during the day is available for one-on-one and “round-table” meetings with the various resource people in attendance.

The Doing Business in the USA seminar will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Delta Town and Country Inn, 6005 Highway 17 (at Highway 99), Delta, BC, BC from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cost for the seminar is $195 pre-registered or $225 at the door ($145 each for 2 or more, and $25 further discount for registration before October 28). Also available is a special “after lunch only” rate of $75. For more information contact Carol Jackson at 1-800-799-8848 or visit www.UCanTrade.com

Greg Boos will be speaking at the event.

Greg Boos blogs from his office in Bellingham WA and his home in Vancouver BC. Please contact Greg the following address should you desire assistance on a US immigration matter:

Greg Boos, Attorney at Law
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
1305 11th Street, Suite 301
Bellingham WA 98225
CascadiaImmigrationLaw.com
360/671-5945
gdboos@americanlaw.com

At Cascadia Cross-Border Law, we create transparent borders!


Doing Business in the USA Seminar Scheduled for May 12, 2011 in Surrey BC

gboos | May 7, 2011 in Uncategorized,US Canada border,US Canada Trade Relationship,US Immigration | Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

Seminar offers guidelines for USA sales, shipping and business transactions

A group of veteran Canada/USA and international trade professionals will provide practical guidelines to British Columbia entrepreneurs and professionals at an upcoming seminar entitled, Doing Business in the USA.

This one-day seminar is designed to give Canadian manufacturers, importers, distributors, agents and other business professionals the tools they need to easily expand their business interests across the border. Key topics include:
1. Dealing with “border issues”, such as U.S. travel and immigration planning, U.S. Customs clearance, business planning, taxation, currency exchange, and legal considerations.
2. Understanding “logistics issues”, such as establishing a USA business identity, warehousing, transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods.
3. Introduction to “importing” lower-cost goods into the USA that have been “outsourced” or purchased in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
4. “Sales/marketing strategies”, including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls.
5. “Money, Money, Money!”, a lively open forum (with guest “experts”) to discuss various related topics of interest to the audience.
6. “Resource introductions”, including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which provides federal government programs and services at home and abroad.

The Doing Business in the USA seminar has welcomed over 4,000 attendees at various locations in BC since 1997. The main motivation for attendance by BC entrepreneurs hasn’t changed, namely the extra profit opportunity offered by a huge and affluent market of over 300 million buyers that is very receptive to foreign goods.

According to seminar organizer, Jim Pettinger, “Now is a great time for a Canadian company to invest in expansion to the USA. The strong Loonie will still buy 20 to 50 percent more marketing services in the still-depressed economy (e.g., tradeshows, travel, hotel rooms, advertising), but the U.S. economy has officially turned the corner and will soon return full force.”

The Doing Business in the USA seminar is targeted at three groups: (1) new exporters to the USA who need to know the basics, (2) new or inexperienced staff members of current exporters to the USA, and (3) professionals who advise the previous two. Plenty of time during the day is available for one-on-one and “round-table” meetings with the various resource people in attendance.
The Doing Business in the USA seminar will be held on Thursday, May 12 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, 15269-104th Ave, Surrey, BC from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cost for the seminar is $195 pre-registered or $225 at the door ($145 each for 2 or more, and $25 further discount for registration before May 6). Also available is a special “after lunch only” rate of $75. For more information contact Carol Jackson at 1-800-799-8848 or visit www.UCanTrade.com.


Birthright Citizenship: Republican Fanatics Seek To Overturn Lincoln’s Legacy

Admin | January 30, 2011 in US Immigration | Comments (0)

 

If the ghost of Abraham Lincoln visited you to ask about the state of the Republic, would you say, “The ideals for which you died remain uncontested – you may rest in peace”?

Or would honesty compel you to inform the Great Emancipator of legislation currently pending in Congress that would deny American citizenship to many of our country’s native-born children simply because their parents are not U.S. citizens or “green card” holders? Would the phantom shed a tear when told that it is Republicans that are pushing this agenda?

America has long been blessed with a principal of law called “birthright citizenship,” which establishes that individuals born within the United States are automatically citizens of the United States. As clarified by the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment and the subsequent Supreme Court case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, birthright citizenship does not depend on considerations of descent or lineage such as the nationality or immigration status of one’s parents.

The 14th Amendment was proposed and ratified shortly after the Civil War to ensure that ideals over which the war was fought were incorporated into our nation’s fundamental principles of government. Included in this amendment was the Citizenship Clause, which states, “All persons born in the United States…are citizens of the United States.” This clause erased the infamous Dred Scott decision of 1857, a court case that ruled in favor of withholding U.S. citizenship from children born in America to slaves of African descent.

If doubts still existed as to whether birthright citizenship extended to children of foreigners, they were laid to rest by an 1898 court case concerning the status of Wong Kim Ark, a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants. At the time, the Chinese Exclusion laws barred Chinese immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. But in a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court unequivocally declared Wong Kim Ark a U.S. citizen, thereby rejecting the argument that the immigration status of a U.S.-born child’s parents could limit the operation of the Citizenship Clause.

Although often taken for granted by Americans who have never been denied its benefits, U.S. citizenship may be the most precious possession Americans hold. Only citizens enjoy the right to vote – perhaps the most basic of rights because it empowers its holders to choose their government. The extremist Republicans seeking to deprive native-born children of their citizenship would deny this right and other fundamental rights such as equality under the law, due process and economic opportunity to untold numbers of persons born in this country.

Many of the people that the fanatics are attempting to disenfranchise are the U.S.-born children of our country’s undocumented residents. These innocents have done nothing to violate U.S. laws. Rather, through no fault of their own, they were simply born to the “wrong” parents. As generations of other U.S.-born persons with foreign-born parents have done before them, these U.S.-born children are likely to make the United States their permanent home. They will formulate ties to their communities and this country and strive to make them better places to live.

Sadly, many, perhaps most, Republican Members of Congress would deny these native-born children the precious benefits associated with citizenship as well as introduce discriminatory principles into the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of individual liberties and even-handed application of the law. In short, by denying U.S. citizenship to these children, these Republicans would create a permanent underclass of residents in this country. Moreover, since U.S.-born children of undocumented parents are predominately members of racial minorities, the attempt to make exceptions to the citizenship status of these children imperils the very existence of our multicultural society by threatening to resurrect the racist policies announced in Dred Scott.

Make no doubt about it, if Lincoln were alive today, he would oppose the mean-spirited attempt to circumvent the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. Honest Abe would be the first to ask of the confrontational Republicans who would gut the amendment: “If you are successful in depriving U.S.-born children of their constitutionally-granted citizenship, who will you seek to disenfranchise next?”

*          *          *          *          *

Greg Boos blogs from his office in Bellingham WA and his home in Vancouver BC. Please contact Greg the following address should you desire assistance on a US immigration matter:

Greg Boos, Attorney at Law
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
1305 11th Street, Suite 301
Bellingham WA 98225
CascadiaImmigrationLaw.com
360/671-5945
gdboos@americanlaw.com

At Cascadia Cross-Border Law, we create transparent borders!