Canada Asylum seekers to be turned back at U.S. border, prime minister says

19:14  20 march  2020
19:14  20 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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President Trump’ s order cracking down on asylum seekers at the southern border has been stayed by a federal judge, but a small group of determined migrants who made it through the border fence discovered that at least some Border Patrol agents appear to be enforcing it anyway.

About 6,000 asylum seekers who had traveled en masse, many of them in defiance of Mr. Trump’ s demands that they turn around, arrived in Northern Mexico in late November as part of a caravan that originated in Honduras. Since then, more than 1,000 have accepted an offer to be returned home by

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OTTAWA — Asylum seekers crossing into Canada on foot from the U.S. will be turned back as part of the border shutdown between the two countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Friday, hours before the closure to all but essential travel between the two countries was to go into effect.

The Liberal government had previously been planning to place the border crossers into mandatory self-isolation, starting Friday.

But Trudeau said an agreement has been reached in the last 24 hours with the U.S. that they will just be turned back.

He called the decision a response to extraordinary times, but also in line with how Canada treats asylum seekers who show up at official border offices — they too are turned back into the U.S.

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Tens of thousands of asylum seekers have used it to enter Canada. But with an increasingly close election on the horizon, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau A spokeswoman for Bill Blair, Canada’ s minister of border security and organized crime reduction, said he hopes a

Asylum seekers from Central America, many of them children, are camped out in Mexico as they wait to be Though there have been reports of asylum seekers being turned away since shortly after President I’d rather live on the streets of Nogales for a thousand days if it means not going back .”

"We also have ensured we are comfortable with this process as being in line with Canada's values on the treatment of refugees and vulnerable people," he said.

The move comes after years of pressure on the Liberal government to close a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement, the deal with the U.S. that governs asylum claims made at the border.

As written, the agreement says people can't show up at a land border office and ask for refugee status; thousands of people in recent years have gotten around that by crossing at informal points. The best known is one in Quebec called Roxham Road.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic had renewed calls from the Quebec government, and other politicians, for the government to find a way to cut off the flow of migrants.

But the move stunned the Canadian Council for Refugees.

"During a pandemic, we must uphold our commitments to protecting the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants. This includes our fundamental legal obligation to not turn refugees away at the borders," said Janet Dench, the organization's executive director, said in an email.

"We are shocked that the government of Canada is not prepared to live up to that commitment."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 20,2020.

The Canadian Press

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