It’s Time to Abolish the Inhumane Canada-U.S. Deal on Asylum-Seekers
The Canadian government reportedly wants the United States to close a loophole in what’s known as the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA).
The agreement allows Canada to send asylum-seekers back to the U.S. if they come to the border. But the deal only applies at official ports-of-entry, and not when asylum-seekers cross the border elsewhere — the loophole that Canada apparently wants eliminated.
Expanding the STCA to cover irregular crossings would mean that thousands of asylum-seekers would be sent back to the U.S. after making their way to the Canadian border in the wake of worsening conditions there under President Donald Trump.
The current American administration, however, is unlikely to tweak the agreement. Trump doesn’t like refugees. He has imposed travel bans on refugees selected for resettlement; attempted to block entry to asylum-seekers arriving in a “caravan” at the southern U.S. border; he’s scorned an agreement to transfer 1,250 refugees from Australian detention facilities to the U.S. as “the worst deal ever.”
Rehaag, Sean and Aiken, Sharry, "It’s Time to Abolish the Inhumane Canada-U.S. Deal on Asylum-Seekers" (2018). Editorials and Commentaries. 162.