September 23rd, 2021

Immigration Safe Third Party Agreement


The policy requires Central Americans seeking asylum to return indefinitely to Mexico while their claims are processed. The “Stay in Mexico” policy is a clear violation of both U.S. and international law, but the Supreme Court has allowed prosecution while its validity is being challenged in court. Although the United States has not signed an explicit agreement with Mexico, DHS has confirmed that Mexican asylum seekers will also be accommodated in people affected by agreements with other countries. The CCR continues to call on the Canadian government to withdraw from the Safe Third Country Agreement. The CCR participated in a legal challenge to deportation from the United States as a safe third country shortly after it went into effect. The Federal Court ruled that the United States is not a safe third country, but the decision was overturned on appeal for technical reasons (see here for more information). The United States has signed its first “safe third country” agreement with Canada. Essentially, if you go through the U.S. to claim asylum in Canada, or vice versa, you will be rejected because the U.S. and Canada are considered safe enough for asylum seekers and are able to process asylum and refugee claims fairly. The agreement, which allows any country to reject asylum seekers who attempt to file refugee claims at official crossing points, was declared unconstitutional in July by the Federal Court.


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