The Safe Third Country Agreement states that only countries that respect human rights and offer a high degree of protection to asylum seekers may be designated as safe third countries;
The President of the United States, has purposely and pre-meditatively adopted practices including a ‘Muslim travel ban’, and forcibly separating children from their parents seeking asylum;
The United States no longer recognizes domestic violence or gang violence as legitimate reasons for asylum;
The United States has adopted a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy designating all irregular border crossers claiming asylum as having committed a criminal act subject to prosecution;
Under Donald Trump as President, the United States has demonstrated it will continue to ignore international human rights and refugee laws; and
Remaining in the Safe Third Country Agreement infers that Canada views those policies to be acceptable treatment of asylum seekers and children.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to immediately suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, by invoking Article 10 of the Agreement, until the United States complies with all factors of the Agreement, the policies and practices of the United States have consistently demonstrated a clear respect for human rights, they provide a high degree of protection to asylum seekers and the Government of Canada is certain the United States will continue to do so.
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