The Canadian government is being sued by refugee rights lawyers who say their policy of rejecting asylum seekers on the US border and ports of entry are illegal, with hundreds facing possible deportation in US custody Force to do.

The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers told Reuters on Tuesday that they filed the lawsuit in federal court because the current asylum-policy between the US and Canada does not consider whether these individuals have any alternative options. Instead, the group says, asylum seekers are returned to US authorities who have successfully deported at least one person trying to enter Canada. The vast US-Canadian border has been closed for 14 months as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic ban.

According to a Canadian lawsuit first obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, the current epidemic-era policy has denied asylum seekers their right to a hearing. The policy is reviewed for renewal monthly, and Canadian officials defended it as a necessary pandemic public health ban and because the US assured them of “most” asylum, they would retain refugee status applications. Will later return to Canada.

Lawyers for a man seeking asylum in Canada said his client was brought to an American immigration center in Batavia, New York after being returned by Canadian border officials. US officials have since tried several times to deport Burundi, which Canada has suspended due to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

A spokesman for Canada’s Public Security Minister Bill Blair appeared in an email to Reuters defending the current US border police: “We are in an unprecedented global pandemic. The border for all non-residents of Canada with very few exceptions Is closed with.… At this time, people should not travel, unless it is absolutely necessary or for recognized essential purposes. “

The Third Country Agreement, signed by former President Donald Trump and Canadian officials, was signed. It is mandatory that if a person passes through both countries to seek asylum, they will be returned as both countries are considered “safe” enough to process asylum and refugee claims. In February, the Biden administration announced plans to formally end Trump-era agreements.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian authorities returned 387 refugees trying to cross between ports of entry between March 2020 and April 2021.

The US Department of Homeland Security confirmed this week that the land border between the US, Canada and Mexico will remain closed until at least May 21 due to month-to-month revaluation due to COVID-19.

On August 6, 2017, refugees await being processed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after crossing the Canada-US border near Hemingford, Quebec. In recent times, the number of illegally crossing the border has been in the hundreds.
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Granthshala Reached Tuesday afternoon for both DHS and the Public Safety Agency of Canada for additional comment.

Canada’s Minister for Inter-Governmental Affairs Dominique LeBlanc recently told CBC News, “At the moment, there is no active discussion” about the loosening of border restrictions between the US and Canada for the general unquestioned visit.

“We look forward to visiting again,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday. Ctv news. “But I think we’re all going to wait patiently until such time as the state of health allows us to loosen border restrictions internationally. It will happen eventually, but not for today.”