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RSS FeedsThousands of Canadians live in the U.S. on NAFTA permits. What happens if Trump kills the treaty?
(The Star Food)

 
 

21 october 2017 00:56:17

 
Thousands of Canadians live in the U.S. on NAFTA permits. What happens if Trump kills the treaty?
(The Star Food)
 




WASHINGTON—Kristen Dewar’s NAFTA nightmare goes like this. She is representing one of her 100 clients at a criminal trial. Then Donald Trump terminates the North American Free Trade Agreement. Suddenly, she cannot keep working in North Carolina without breaking the law herself. Dewar, 34, is a defence lawyer from Mississauga who is allowed to practice in the U.S. under the “TN” immigration status reserved for Canadian and Mexican professionals. TN stands for Trade NAFTA. And NAFTA might vanish, in which case the TN status might vanish as well. “And I have to go home,” Dewar said. “I would be literally a person without status.”The possible demise of the trade pact has alarmed Canadian professionals working in the U.S. under the TN, an immigration category unlike the others: it was created not through domestic U.S. law but through NAFTA itself. They are engineers, scientists, architects, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and graphic designers, among more than 50 additional occupations. If Trump follows through on his threat to terminate NAFTA — and he is not thwarted by lawsuits or Congress — it is entirely unclear what will happen to them.It is possible Trump and Congress would allow them to stay indefinitely. It is possible they would be allowed to stay until their current three-year permit expired. But it is also very possible, given Trump’s desire to reduce immigration of all kinds, that they would be forced to leave the country fast. “It’s a little bit unnerving,” said Mike Doherty, 30, a software engineer from Cambridge working at a large technology company in Silicon Valley. “I think the really unfortunate thing is that if things totally fall apart, no one really knows what that means. Do people have to leave the country immediately? Is there a six-month grace period? Do you potentially get to stay for the remainder of your work permit? No one really knows.”Immigratio ...
 
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