- The new immigration policy places restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum on Canadian soil
The United States and Canada have reached an agreement to return asylum seekers who arrive through unofficial border crossings across the northern border of the United States.
The agreement, announced on Friday, March 24, closed a legal loophole that did not allow Canada to push back migrants who cross through unofficial border crossings.
What is the agreement?
The regulation would apply to any immigrant trying to enter the United States through an irregular passage. According to the procedure, a person must first seek asylum in the first country they set foot in. Otherwise, the individual will be detained and returned.
The decree also says that any asylum seeker who is not a US or Canadian citizen, who is caught within 14 days of crossing, will be returned to the other side of the border.
Migrants continue to cross despite the restrictions
News Network Univision She published a story stating that dozens of asylum seekers crossed on Saturday 25 March. This is despite the entry into force of the measure.
According to information, on a dirt road connecting the state of New York (USA) with the province of Quebec (Canada), signs have been posted warning people that they can be arrested and returned to the United States if they cross. “
The immigrants will be taken by US authorities to assess their claims and, depending on the case, either processed or expelled to Mexico.
What will happen to immigrants entering?
The agreement seeks to regulate the number of asylum applications that have arrived in Canada in recent months given the difficulty in doing so in the United States due to new restrictions imposed by President Joe Biden.
The agreement will allow Canada to return migrants who cross the border between the two countries through crossings that are not official points.
This point will make it possible to solve the problems experienced by the Roxham Road border crossing between the province of Quebec (Canada) and the state of New York (USA), through which hundreds of people entered to seek asylum in Canada.
As a result of the agreement, Canada promised to receive 15,000 immigrants from different countries within the year 2023.