Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to present petition 12361388. It is a petition of constituents of mine and Canadians across the country of Iranian descent who are being wrongfully profiled based on their background and birthplace while travelling to the United States with Canadian passports.
These are folks who are being denied entry to the U.S. without explanation, despite previous incident-free entries. They are undergoing biometric screening, device searches and questioning about their background and compulsory conscription in Iran, leading to personal and professional distress for them and endangering their careers. Their partners and children, even those born in Canada, are also being unjustly flagged as travel risks and being denied entry into the U.S. without explanation.
The Transportation Security Administration has added these Canadians' names to travel risk lists, which are also being shared with U.S. allies, leading to unreasonable secondary screenings for Canadians travelling to and from Canada, and to deportation from other countries.
They are calling upon the Government of Canada to ask the United States to provide reasons for unjust profiling of Canadians of Iranian descent and long administrative processing of aforementioned Canadians, to engage and negotiate with the U.S. Department of State, to provide a mandate for impacted Canadian citizens of Iranian descent similar to the exercise of authority under Federal Registration Vol. 87, No. 120 and to take action on the unjust security measures that Canadians face on leaving and returning to their homes in Canada, by removing the unjustified security flights.