US Attorney General John Ashcroft announced yesterday that he will not honor an assurance made to the Canadian government last week by the US Ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci, that Canadian citizens will be treated uniformly in immigration matters regardless of their country of birth.
Ashcroft implied that the US Ambassador, who reports to the US Department of State, did not have the legal standing to make a promise on behalf of the US Department of Justice who oversees the Immigration and Naturalization service.
These comments follow the statement
made by the US Embassy on November 1 that the United States (has) changed the treatment accorded to those individuals who... are Canadian citizens
. As a result of that statement, Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham withdrew the travel advisory
that cautioned Canadian citizens visiting the United States.
Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal, himself an immigrant Canadian of Indian origin, expressed outrage at the second change in policy this week, calling it "a backward move... against fundamental human rights." Foreign Minister Graham said that he was "asking clarifications about the specific comment of Mr. Ashcroft".
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