september attacks: The Globe and Mail has explained, The Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States, signed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, means that with few exceptions, refugee claimants must make their claim in the first safe country they arrive in, according to Rabble. That means virtually all asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada through a U.S. port of entry will be turned away. Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen could soon begin discussions to renegotiate the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement. But significantly the article adds that because Canada is a signatory of the United Nations' 1951 Refugee Convention, asylum seekers entering the country between border points are not automatically deported and may make asylum claims. The Canada Border Services Agency says that 32,173 people crossed the border into Canada from the U.S. irregularly between April 2017 and August 2018. In other words, the agreement, reached by then-Liberal prime minister Paul Martin and then-U.S. president George W. Bush, does not cover asylum-seekers who cross through unguarded sections of the Canada-U.S. border. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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