Concerns were expressed about the lack of security legislation to protect refugees in the United States. These security concerns and arguments give refugees legitimate reasons to travel to Canada for a better life. On December 29, 2005, a group of refugee and human rights organizations (in both Canada and the United States) launched a legal challenge to the United States` claim as the third safe country for refugees seeking asylum. This legal challenge was supported by eminent personalities such as Justice Michael Phelan of the Federal Court of Canada on November 29, 2007, and many others. The decision “is a clear critique of how the U.S. treats asylum seekers and a resounding explanation of what we U.S. supporters have known for years — the U.S. is not a safe place for asylum seekers,” said Dree Collopy, a refugee lawyer in Washington. | SEE Return of asylum seekers to the United States The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) itself has warned against overly broad an interpretation of safe third country agreements, but acknowledges that they may be acceptable in certain circumstances.  Such ambiguities have led some jurists in Canada to question the legality of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.
 Beginning in February 2017, more and more refugee claimants began crossing the Canadian border at locations other than official checkpoints. In order to avoid the effects of the agreement, all refugees who place themselves at a border crossing point would be automatically returned to the United States in accordance with the provisions of the STCA. .
11 September 2021 BBP Admin Uncategorized
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