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Petition to End Safe Third Country Agreement

– Migrant Rights Network –

Refugees and other migrants were already dying crossing via Roxham Road because the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) and other immigration laws made it impossible to travel safely. Now, with STCA expanded, both the U.S. and Canada have legislated a policy of turning away migrants. Any refugee crossing over will be able to be deported without due process within the first 14 days of arrival. This will force refugees to take even more dangerous routes and cause even more suffering and death. Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada welcomes migrants, even as he is slamming the door shut and putting migrants in danger.

We will deliver petition signatures on Tuesday April 4, Refugee Rights Day, to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendocino in Toronto. If thousands of people add their name, we can make sure this devastating policy does not go unnoticed, and shine a spotlight on the need for fundamental change including permanent resident status for all. Add your name now.


I am writing to condemn Canada's decision to turn back refugees along the entire border by expanding the Safe Third Country Agreement. This decision means that refugees crossing in both directions will be forced into even more dangerous routes putting their lives and safety at greater risk, even more will die. A refugee crossing into Canada and caught within 14 days of arrival will be deported without any process -- this will force people to make dangerous choices to not be criminalized, jailed and deported. The Safe Third Country Agreement and other immigration laws do not allow migrants more dignified or safer ways of crossing to travel or seek asylum in either country, a right that is protected under international law. I am writing to call on you to end the Safe Third Country Agreement, to ensure migrants can safely cross the U.S.-Canada border, and to ensure equal rights through permanent resident status for all migrants.

As of April 3, 4,700 people have signed.

Sign the petition here

This article was published in
Number 18 - April 3, 2023

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