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U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules

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PortandTerminal.com, July 23, 2020

A Canadian Federal Court judge has ruled that the U.S. is no longer a safe country for refugees sent back from Canada due to the risk of imprisonment.

OTTAWA – Some in America will welcome this ruling by a federal Canadian court because it will mean fewer immigrants coming into the country. Others will see it as another worrying sign of America’s internal disintegration and polarization.

The Federal Court of Canada has struck the U.S. off of the Safe Third Country Agreement, which could affect thousands of asylum-seekers if it comes into effect.

“The evidence clearly demonstrates that those returned to the U.S. by Canadian officials are detained as a penalty.”

Federal Court authorities in Canada have ruled that sending people back to the U.S., where they were at risk of imprisonment, violated their rights to life, liberty, and security.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to anyone who physically enters Canada, including people who are coming to make a refugee claim.

In the spring of 2017, asylum seekers began entering Canada from the United States at unofficial points of entry between border crossings. This latest ruling says that sending these asylum seekers back to the United States is inhumane.

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