case amnesty: Legally, our case has become much more compelling with many of the things that are being introduced under the Trump administration, Dench said, according to Vancouver Courier. When you have the U.S. government taking measures such as 'zero tolerance' and such as the Sessions/presidential decision, something that legally constrains asylum, that's something the court will have to look very carefully at. The case has been snaking its way through Federal Court for the last year, but this week saw a flurry of new filings by three additional applicants in the case Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Council of Churches, all of them longtime critics of the agreement.article continues below Trending Stories Vancouver High on Life vloggers die in Shannon Falls tragedy Vancouver acting community rallies behind couple who lost everything in Kitsilano fire HOLinspired Friends of Vancouver High on Life vloggers pay tribute Pair arrested for X-rated balloon prank in Vancouver air space Recent changes in U.S. refugee policy, including a ruling by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying domestic and gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum, make the argument for challenging the agreement even stronger, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees. While the case itself is based on the plight of a Salvadoran woman and her daughters, it encompasses a broader challenge of the Safe Third Country agreement, or STCA, arguing it violates certain provisions of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The woman and her daughters faced the risks described when they sought entry to Canada as refugee claimants and were refused under the STCA. This same situation is also faced by a great number of other refugee claimants prevented from entering Canada by the STCA. Hundreds of pages of documents have been filed in Federal Court, including affidavits from refugee law experts, studies, reports and news clippings that detail the escalating risks faced by asylum seekers in the U.S. In her affidavit, the woman identified only as ABC says her family became a target of MS-13 after her husband helped El Salvador police identify a gang member who killed his brother in 1993. By returning refugee claimants to the U.S. and exposing them there to a serious risk of arbitrary, lengthy detention and refoulment deportation Canada violates their charter rights, the applicants argue in court documents. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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