Decide appropriately discovered refugee pact violates constitution, lawyer tells attraction courtroom

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Judge correctly found refugee pact violates charter, lawyer tells appeal court

OTTAWA – An attorney for potential refugee claimants says a judge rightly reached a settlement between Ottawa and Washington which resulted in people being detained by US authorities.

OTTAWA – An attorney for potential refugee claimants says a judge rightly reached a settlement between Ottawa and Washington which resulted in people being detained by US authorities.

Attorney Michael Bossin argued on appeal today that there is enough evidence for federal judge Ann Marie McDonald to finalize the safe third country agreement resulting in the detention of those who have been turned away by Canada.

Under the bilateral refugee agreement, which came into force in 2004, Canada and the US recognize each other as safe places to seek refuge.

This means that Canada can refuse a potential refugee arriving at a port of entry along the Canada-US border on the basis that the individual must make their claim in the US, the country they first arrived in.

Canadian refugee advocates have staunchly opposed the asylum deal, arguing that the US is not always a safe country for people fleeing persecution.

Government lawyers claim the federal court misinterpreted the law when it declared in July that the deal violated constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on February 24, 2021.

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