Canada defends ‘Secure Third Nation’ pact with U.S. as court docket wraps up

The Canadian authorities on Friday denied that the rights of any refugees are threatened by a U.S.-Canada settlement that compels asylum seekers making an attempt to cross the border into Canada to first apply for sanctuary in the USA.

Underneath the Secure Third Nation Settlement between the 2 neighbours, asylum seekers at a proper border crossing touring in both course are turned again and informed to use for asylum within the nation they first arrived in.

Legal professionals for unnamed refugees who had been turned away on the Canadian border are difficult the settlement, saying the USA doesn’t qualify as a “protected” nation beneath U.S. President Donald Trump.

Asylum seekers Canada turned again confronted indefinite detention and solitary confinement in the USA with usually little entry to authorized counsel, refugee lawyer Andrew Brouwer mentioned on Monday.

The Canadian authorities argued in its submission that its “continued reliance on the regime is lawful and meets its Constitution and worldwide regulation obligations,” nevertheless.

“There’s no rights at stake right here,” authorities lawyer Lucian Gregory informed the federal court docket.

The court docket problem comes as Canada seeks to stem the human tide of asylum seekers that has flowed into the nation over the previous three years. Trump was elected in 2016 after promising in his marketing campaign to crack down on unlawful immigration.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal authorities has modified eligibility guidelines and needs to develop the Secure Third Nation settlement in order that it applies to the complete border, not simply official border crossings.

Refugee lawyer Leigh Salsberg argued the U.S. system was particularly unsafe for girls as a result of many U.S. immigration judges don’t regard gender-based violence as grounds for a refugee declare as they do in Canada, that means that somebody who would possibly qualify for refugee standing in Canada could be deported from the USA again to their nation of origin.

Canada countered that many ladies have obtained refugee standing in the USA and there are sufficient checks and balances to eradicate any risks.

Week-long arguments wrapped up on Friday, with the choose anticipated to render her choice on whether or not to keep up or droop the settlement at an undetermined level sooner or later.

Immigration and Refugee specialist Robert Falconer mentioned suspending the settlement “would have enormous implications” for the Canada-U.S. relationship.

“(The Trump administration) would possibly take that to be extra of an insult. However the administration won’t be turned off by that as a result of it means extra individuals leaving the USA to return to Canada,” he mentioned.

Greater than 50,000 individuals have illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border to file refugee claims over the previous three years, strolling over ditches and on empty roads alongside the world’s longest undefended border.

Some asylum seekers have informed Reuters they may have stayed in the USA had it not been for Trump’s immigration rhetoric and insurance policies.