HELP REFUGEES FLEEING TRUMP
Executive Orders being signed in the United States are violating the
human rights of refugees.
Hundreds, if not thousands of people continue to be
at risk of being arrested and detained by immigration authorities, merely for
THE USA IS NO LONGER
A SAFE PLACE FOR REFUGEES
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
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.
Amnesty International: Canada must strip USA of “safe third country” designation for refugee claimants
Tell your MP: America isn't safe for refugees
We Will Fight Trump’s Effort to Close U.S. Borders