Help Refugees Fleeing Trump
Hundreds, if not thousands of people continue to be at risk of being arrested and detained by immigration authorities, merely for seeking asylum.
The Executive Orders blatantly violate international refugee and human rights legal obligations, including under the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture.
The ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ between Canada and the United States means that asylum seekers in the USA must make their refugee claim there, instead of in Canada – since it assumes the US is a ‘safe’ country.
Two of the Executive Orders (EOs) include calls for a new regime of large-scale detention, expanded expedited removal without due process, deputizing of state and local officials to detain individuals suspected of immigration violations, and aggressive criminal prosecution for unauthorized entry, a means by which many seek access to asylum protection.
The Executive Orders will curtail asylum seekers’ ability to meaningfully pursue refugee claims, and greatly increase the risk that individuals with viable refugee claims will be deported to countries where they face persecution.
Canada must act immediately to distance its refugee policy from the USA and rescind the Safe Third Party agreement so that refugee claimants who turn to Canada are able to do so.