Canadian Law Profs Join Fight to Suspend Refugee Pact With U.S.

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More than 240 Canadian law professors have signed a letter urging Ottawa to immediately suspend a bilateral pact with the U.S. that bans refugees from crossing the border to seek asylum.

The letter was sent to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, calling for the suspension of the Safe Third Country Agreement in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration and refugees from seven Muslim countries.

“Executive orders issued by President Trump demonstrate that the U.S. is not ‘safe’ for refugees. These include a ban on Syrian refugees and a bar on entry of nationals of seven mostly Muslim countries. It is evident that administration of executive orders through border enforcement has been chaotic, inconsistent and arbitrary,” said the 24-page letter.