Refugee deal with U.S. back in force
Asylum-seekers at border will continue to be rejected until `Safe Third Country' pact reviewed
Feb 01, 2008 04:30 AM
Refugees hoping to seek protection in Canada from the U.S. will continue to be turned back at land borders until the Federal Court of Appeal decides if the United States can be deemed a safe place for asylum-seekers.
A court of appeal decision yesterday came a day before a controversial refugee pact between Canada and the U.S. was to be overturned in accordance with a previous order by Canadian federal Justice Michael Phelan.
The 2004 Safe Third Country Agreement denies refugees who landed first in the U.S. the right to file claims in Canada and vice versa and that Canada and the U.S. recognize each other as safe places to seek protection.
In a November court decision, Justice Phelan ruled the U.S. did not comply with the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees or the Convention Against Torture, and its treatment of asylum-seekers raised concerns of its designation as "safe" for refugees.
In its stay application this week, Ottawa argued that ending the agreement suddenly would lead to a flood of people claiming asylum at land borders from the U.S., placing undue pressure on Canada's social and refugee systems.
Dench said the parties will consider asking the Supreme Court of Canada to quash yesterday's decision and immediately reinstate the suspension of the agreement.
I do understand the intentions of these refugee advocates but like the rest of Canada they are being played as a bunch of suckers. Most refugees who make it to Canada are not legitimate refugees but economic migrants using the refugee stream as another avenue to enter Canada. They are mostly the middle/upper class of the third world seeking an even better life from the good life they live at home. I say this because it costs money to migrate to Canada and the middles classes, the bourgeoisie, of the third world are the most mobile. They are the ones who can afford the plane tickets and related expenses to fly to Pearson International Airport in Toronto - while disposing of any identifying documents along the way which are needed to board a plane in the first place - to make a bogus refugee claim.
Ottawa also knows full well that removal of the Safe Third Country pact will result in a flooding of asylum claims much of them bogus. This is what happened right after the nefarious Singh decision of 1985 literally opened Canada's borders to anyone with a good story.
The fact that Canada signed the Third Safe Country pact with the United States shows that Ottawa knows that there really is a problem with this nation's immigration and refugee system. Canada is a choice destination for asylum shoppers and that needs to stop.