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Immigration advocates petition Trudeau to rescind Safe Third Country Agreement

Following US President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, Canadian immigration advocates launched a petition urging Prime Minister Trudeau to rescind an agreement between Canada and the United States under which refugees arriving from the United States are prohibited from requesting asylum in Canada.

The agreement, which came into effect in 2004, prevents refuges from “shopping around” for a safe haven, and helps the US and Canadian governments better manage access to the refugee system in each country for people crossing the Canada–U.S. land border.

The petition, sponsored by Ryan M., and signed by over 41,000 people, urges Trudeau, who “has posted selfies of himself with a Syrian refugee in Canada”, to take in the refugees rejected by President Trump.

According to the petition, the Canadian Council for Refugees which has opposed the agreement says that the agreement “violates refugee rights established in Canada 20 years ago…including the right to an oral hearing before being denied entry.”

On January 28, 2017 Trudeau made it clear that he rejects Trump’s executive order when he posted the following statement on Facebook: “To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada”

In an implicit defiant message to Trump’s policy, Trudeau also tweeted that “A Canadian is a Canadian”, which was one of his slogans during the election campaign and which has since has become an important pillar of his diversity and inclusion-for-all policy.

Immigration experts, who urge Trudeau to suspend the Third Safe Country Agreement, are also considering taking the federal government to court.

In a letter sent to Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen, Marty Dolin – head of Welcome Place, Manitoba’s largest refugee-settlement agency, wrote:

“Given the events of the last few days, it seems obvious that the U.S. is no longer a “safe third country”. It also appears obvious that the Safe Third Country Agreement should be cancelled, but until a decision is made regarding this you should be giving an immediate directive to the Border Security officials not to send anyone back to the U.S., agreement or no agreement. This should protect people at risk and give your government time to consider appropriate actions for the longer term. Please act quickly, lives are at stake.”

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at


  1. the world is in a mess long before trump , but nobody wants to listen to these numbers , christians are on the chopping block , because muslims are out numbering christians , while christians are more peace loving then muslims, and trump is a christian, and the people are behind him , while in canada whe have a muslim leader, that has no clue what he is doing but time is catching up with him , for his in ability to keep canada on track with his spending sprees , of canadian tax payers money , he is braking canada and the people are losing faith in him !!!!!

  2. #FreeOurChristianLands Turn your back on rapefugees NOT Donald J. Trump

  3. Sir Michael: What is interesting Fox News

    Reported 90,000 Christians were killed last year

    Will you light candles for these people. The killings reported were in India and other Muslim Countries

    And you think Trump is wrong. And now you have Iran letting off Missiles

    I personally don’t like anyone being killed. For any reason

    Unfortunately wake up and smell the 🌹.

    The world is in a mess long before Trump
    14 hours

  4. If you are Canadian, I am ashamed of you, keep your nose out of Americas business.

  5. open up the floodgates, put your head between your knees and kiss your**** goodbye.

  6. Stop the influx to your country before it is to late -like Germany!

  7. Absolutely right!…..I would NEVER turn my back on a refugee – I prefer to keep knives out of me.

  8. I’ve also heard that ‘ vision and world relief ‘..are sending donated monies to the Muslims Pales in the middle east ..look into it , please.

  9. When I see these so -called refugees demand this and that ..they should go back to what they left behind … and I also read & hear that they want to destroy North American . In the Koran it’s called take over and subdue the infidels ,unbelievers …… and to kill all Jews and Christians … from the Koran >> Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’)……. Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle. The targets of violence are “those who disbelieve” – further defined in the next verse (13) as “defy and disobey Allah.” Nothing is said about self-defense. In fact, the verses in sura 8 were narrated shortly after a battle provoked by Muhammad, who had been trying to attack a lightly-armed caravan to steal goods belonging to other people…. go to thiswebsite and read the truth >TheReligionofPeace.

  10. So where’s the petition link ????? You ALWAYS do this

  11. Unite the Right. We cant let Trudeau continue his B.S. agenda.

  12. Muslims in Chicago Chant “Death to America”. Where Was the Mainstream Media on This?

  13. It’s a danger to all …. read and learn about Islam !

  14. Hold steady, President Trump!! Please take over Canadian immigration, too!!

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