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U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by GudluckIBB(m): 10:50am On Jul 23, 2020
The Canadian Federal Court has struck the U.S. off of the Safe Third Country Agreement, but asylum-seekers making the land crossing will still have to wait six months for the decision to come into effect.


The Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the U.S. states that asylum-seekers must claim refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in, with certain exceptions. Many people have been turned away under the provision since 2016. An influx of asylum-seekers started coming to Canada after the Trump administration began targeting undocumented migrants in the States.

Since then, refugees, lawyers and advocacy groups have been calling on Canada to end the agreement with the U.S., often saying it is no longer a safe country.

Federal court judge Ann Marie McDonald found the agreement to be unconstitutional. The July 22 ruling stated that the act of 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.

The decision is currently in political limbo as Canada’s justice department has 30 days to decide whether they want to appeal the ruling. If the government does not appeal, the decision will come into effect in six months.

However, if they do appeal, the decision will be put on hold until the appeal is decided in court. If the feds win the appeal, the decision reached on July 22 can either be overturned or they can reach a new decision. If the appeal is denied then the decision stands and asylum-seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border will not be turned away under the Safe Third Country Agreement.

Nedira Jemal Mustepha, one of the refugee applicants challenging the agreement, was arrested after being turned around at the Canadian border and placed in solitary confinement for a week. The ruling cited her affidavit, describing her experience as “terrifying, isolating, and psychologically traumatic.” She described losing 15 pounds as a result of not eating, saying that she was given pork even though she told officers she could not eat it for religious reasons. She and other refugees from the ruling also described the facility as “abnormally cold.” Mustepha was in U.S. prison for a month before being released on bond.

“Canada cannot turn a blind eye to the consequences that befell Ms. Mustefa in its efforts to adhere to the [Safe Third Country Agreement],” McDonald wrote in the decision. “The evidence clearly demonstrates that those returned to the U.S. by Canadian officials are detained as a penalty.”

https://www.cicnews.com/2020/07/u-s-no-longer-safe-third-country-canada-court-rules-0715120.html#gs.bi76hb
Re: U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by dawnomike(m): 10:59am On Jul 23, 2020
It is well... Every country with her own policies
Re: U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by Righteousness89(m): 11:39am On Jul 23, 2020
You will Only be Deceiving yourself if you think anywhere is Safe!

There is No Safe Place on Earth!

Covid-19 is a Little Matter to what is hitting the Nations of the earth.

From Floods, to Landslides, to Earthquakes, to Pestilences, to Locust invasion, to Tornadoes, Hailstorms, Volcanoes,etc. No Nation is Safe..

A Replica of the Ark of Noah is the only Safe Place today!

That Ark is JESUS Christ

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Re: U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by BabaOwen(m): 1:06pm On Jul 23, 2020
grin
Re: U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by BabaOwen(m): 1:07pm On Jul 23, 2020
Righteousness89:
You will Only be Deceiving yourself if you think anywhere is Safe!

There is No Safe Place on Earth!

Covid-19 is a Little Matter to what is hitting the Nations of the earth.

From Floods, to Landslides, to Earthquakes, to Pestilences, to Locust invasion, to Tornadoes, Hailstorms, Volcanoes,etc. No Nation is Safe..

A Replica of the Ark of Noah is the only Safe Place today!

That Ark is JESUS Christ
nah everywhere you dey you dz man. I just hope you're not a hypocrite.
Re: U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by Righteousness89(m): 1:09pm On Jul 23, 2020
BabaOwen:
nah everywhere you dey you dz man. I just hope you're not a hypocrite.

Sir, Even if you Call me Fake! The Word is not Fake!

Take the Message! Leave the Messenger!

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Re: U.S. no longer “Safe Third Country” Canada court rules by salford1: 6:21am On Jul 24, 2020
It was safe untill Trump got elected.


On Wednesday, a federal court judge in Toronto declared that the Safe Third Country Agreement, the border pact that made Roxham Road a thing, violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The ruling validated decades of arguments made by refugee groups, lawyers and advocates for the displaced and stateless. At the most basic level, it also affirmed what activists on both sides of the border have been saying for almost four years, that the United States, under Donald Trump, is not a safe place for asylum seekers and refugees.

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