Yesterday, the US and Canada announced changes to the immigration policy at their shared border. If you’re confused about what this means, read on.
- The 2004 Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), signed by the US and Canada, requires migrants to make asylum claims in the first “safe” country they reach. If a migrant arrives in the US but presents themself at an official port of entry to Canada, the Canadian government can deny them entry. STCA does not apply to people crossing at unofficial points of entry, such as Roxham Road.
- The new agreement allows officials on both sides of the US Canada border to turn back migrants at unofficial points of entry, headed in either direction.
- The new US Canada border agreement applies only to people crossing by land, not to those arriving by plane or ship.
- Canada will create a new refugee program to accept 15,000 migrants coming from Central and South America.
- The new US Canada border agreement can take effect immediately because it does not require US Congressional approval.
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