Safe Third Country Agreement with U.S. violates Canadian Charter

THE Federal Court of Canada Justice Ann Marie McDonald on Wednesday ruled it unconstitutional for the United States and Canada to ban would-be refugee claimants from attempting to enter either country at official border crossings. The Canadian government has been given six months to respond and fix the policy before declaring the accord invalid. The judge noted: ““It is my conclusion, based upon the evidence, that ineligible STCA claimants are returned to the U.S. by Canadian officials where they are immediately and automatically imprisoned by U.S. authorities. This is sufficient to establish … liberty rights are engaged.”