Canada Should Suspend Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States

Sign a Petition to the Canadian Government Below

A Call-Out from the Broadbent Institute

Posted June 28th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Considering the urgent nature of the immigrant and refugee situation at the borders in Donald Trump’s United States, the U.S. is simply not “safe” for immigrants, particularly immigrant children who are still being held in detention camps.

Human rights are not negotiable.

Let’s get Justin Trudeau’s attention together – please sign and forward this email to all of your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours.

Here’s the full petition:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hussen,

I am calling on you to honour our country’s longstanding commitment to human rights by suspending the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have imposed multiple inhumane and discriminatory changes to its refugee and immigration system.

In early 2017, President Trump made an executive order for a travel ban on 7 Muslim-majority countries; leaving many stranded at ports of entry around the world.

Then in late 2017, news broke that President Trump would end temporary protected status for thousands of individuals, many of them young people who’ve been in the United States for the majority of their lives.

And now, the world is watching with despair and grave concern as families seeking asylum are being detained and children being forcibly separated from their parents.  The photographs of these thousands of children being held in cages have shocked the conscience of Canadians.

The Safe Third Country Agreement holds that both Canada and the U.S are “safe” countries for those seeking asylum. Manifestly, the U.S. no longer meets this standard.  

Countless refugee advocates including Amnesty International Canada and the Canadian Council for Refugees have called on Canada to recognize the ongoing inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in the U.S. by rescinding the Safe Third Country Agreement.

As a signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention, Canada has a legal and moral responsibility to provide asylum to those who seek it – including migrants at the Canada/U.S. border. Given the deteriorating situation in the U.S. we need to act immediately.

Please do what is right. Uphold and fulfill our international commitments and suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States now.’

Sign here: http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/petition_suspend_safe_third_country_agreement_with_the_united_states?recruiter_id=283192

Let’s get Justin Trudeau’s attention together – please sign and forward this email to all of your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours.

Sincerely, Josh Bizjak
Director of Development, Broadbent Institute

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About the Broadbent Institute – 

The Broadbent Institute is Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

We are proud of Canada’s tradition as a diverse, fair, just, and inclusive society. These values matter to us today and they matter to our future. The vast majority of Canadians share these progressive values.

At the Broadbent Institute, we believe that the progressive principles and collective efforts that have made us who we are as a country can inform new ways of thinking and new approaches to government that equip us to address the challenges facing Canadians.

For more on the Broadbent Institute, click on – http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/ .

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