Mohawk Council calls for the establishment of an independent oversight mechanism for the CBSA.

On May 26th, 2016, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Grand Chief Abram Benedict submitted a letter to Minister Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, stressing the need and support for the “establishment of an independent oversight mechanism for the CBSA.” In recent days the Government of Canada has announced that it will be looking for ways that will improve the transparency and increase the public’s confidence with the CBSA (Canada Border Service Agency). Due to the uniqueness of the community of Akwesasne, community members traveling to and from Cornwall, and/or Kawenohke (Cornwall Island), are required to check in at the Cornwall CBSA Port of Entry, and in many cases multiple times a day. Community members have experienced maltreatment and misconduct from CBSA officers, including unreasonable searches. Any complaints pertaining to the Cornwall Port of entry CBSA have thus far solely gone to CBSA, foreshadowing the need to establish

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