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Land Border: Asylum Claims and People

land border: TODD HEISLER / The New York Times By Stephanie Levitz The Canadian Press Wed., July 5, 2017 OTTAWA A legal challenge is being launched against the Canada-U.S. agreement that governs where people can make asylum claims on either side of the border, according to Toronto Star. Three advocacy groups are throwing their support behind a woman being named only as E in asking the Federal Court to strike down the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement. As a result, there's been an influx of people crossing illegally into Canada in recent months. Under the deal, most people who make an asylum claim at the land border are denied entry; as a result, there's been an influx of people crossing illegally into Canada in recent months to file asylum claims. The federal Liberals have said they believe the deal does not need to be suspended or altered, as the asylum system in the United States is still functioning. Read more Ottawa urged to suspend refugee pact after U.S. court reinstates Trump's travel ban Article Continued Below Refugee claimants need safe access at U.S.-Canada border Cole Canadian lawyers call for change to Safe Third Country Agreement amid influx of refugees The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and the Canadian Council of Churches are among the many groups urging Canada to suspend the arrangement following major changes to U.S. immigration and refugee policy since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. react-empty 156 But now they're asking the Federal Court to step in, arguing that sending claimants back to the U.S. is morally and legally wrong because it risks violating their basic rights. ( As reported in the news.