Regional News • Americas
2020-07-25T00:00:02+00:00

Canadian court rules that United States aren't a "Safe Third Country" anymore

Canadian court rules that United States aren't a "Safe Third Country" anymore
A border marker at the US-Canada border at the Northwest Angle of Minnesota / Manitoba Credit: Tony Webster (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) has been ruled invalid by a federal court in Canada. Under the agreement asylum seekers trying to cross the Canada-U.S. border are sent back to the respective country to apply in the first country they have arrived in for asylum.

Canadian federal court judge Ann Marie McDonald has now ruled that the United States do not qualify as "safe" anymore but has suspended her ruling for six months to give the legislative branch of the government time to respond. In her ruling, she points out that the agreement violates parts of Canada’s Charter of Rights which state that principles of fundamental justice need to be conformed to regarding laws and state actions that influence life, liberty and security.

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