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A group of seven people from Nigeria are informed by an RCMP officer of their rights and the law that they are breaking by crossing illegally from the USA into Canada at Roxham Rd. Quebec. (Photograph by Roger LeMoyne)

The unsafe country to our south

The Trudeau Liberals were afraid to break an asylum deal with an anti-refugee White House. A Canadian judge did it for them.

The missing outrage from Canada’s political leaders on U.S. child ‘torture facilities’

Anne Kingston: Maclean’s contacted the Canadian government and political party leaders to request statements on the U.S. incarceration of children. Answers ranged from indignation to silence.

Haitian asylum seekers are about to test Canada’s refugee system in a big way

A new wave of asylum seekers will arrive from the U.S., and the welcome mat may no longer be out

How Canada could prepare for potential new wave of asylum seekers

Opinion: Months after Justin Trudeau’s message that immigration must be welcoming but lawful, there is little evidence of change on the ground

The real tragedy of Mavis Otuteye’s death: it didn’t have to happen

The Ghanaian woman found dead of exposure in a Minnesota field could’ve legally entered Canada—at a normal crossing

The safe third country pact imperils lives—just like a border wall

Marcello Di Cintio has seen border-hoppers risking their lives in desolate country before—in the deserts north of Mexico

Cabinet discusses how to deal with asylum seekers

There are practical and political pressures being placed on the Liberal government by a rising number of asylum seekers in Canada

A tougher refugee border pact? America said no.

Jason Kenney says the Obama administration rebuffed his plea in 2010 to renegotiate the safe third-country agreement


Between the Pundits: Incoherence upheld

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a Federal Court ruling that had essentially scuppered the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement on refugees. (That’s the thing that got rid of all those unsightly northbound queues of the world’s downtrodden at various points along the 49th parallel, which you may remember from the 1990s, by prohibiting most refugee claims at land border crossings and forcing asylum-seekers already in the U.S. to try their luck in the less permissive American system.) The provisions of the agreement had remained in effect while the government appealed, but as the editorial notes, getting rid of it would have meant “a nightmare of complications” for a refugee system that’s already stretched to its breaking point. So I was rather surprised to learn all this from an approving Globe and Mail editorial, which, bizarrely, seems to be the only mention of this very important event anywhere in the entire media.