Escaping America
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The recent expansion of the Safe Third Country Agreement — which started as a 9/11 era deal that Canada negotiated in order to exert more control over immigration levels — prohibits asylum seekers from entering at unofficial ports of entry.  The agreement allows Canada to share responsibility for asylum seekers with the US, because the US is “safe” for refugees.  But there are years of documented evidence suggesting the US is not actually safe, including two Supreme Court rulings, reports from international human rights organizations, and data on the detainment and deportation of asylum seekers.  So why have we ignored it?  Host: Jesse Brown Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor) Further reading: The new Canada-U.S. border deal will cost Canadian taxpayers at least this much, Toronto Star, April 14, 2023What the new US-Canada border deal means for asylum seekers, Al-Jazeera, 24 Mar 2023Why we are challenging the USA as a “safe third country” in the Federal Court of Canada, Canadian Council for Refugees US: Detention Hazardous to Immigrants’ Health, Human Rights WatchCanada could save lives, but closes Roxham Road instead, Law360 Canada Sponsors: Squarespace, Rotman, Oxio, Grammarly, BetterHelp Additional Music is by Audio Network If you value this podcast, support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch at our store, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody.     You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
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