Change the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement

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            Since 2017 there have been 30,000 people who have crossed the U.S. Canada border illegally trying to gain access to Canada. The people who are crossing the border are sometimes crossing in the winter which can cause them to suffer the freezing cold temperatures and all the snow. They can be crossing the border with younger children who are more vulnerable to frost bite and hypothermia. They do this because they cannot receive asylum from Canada legally because of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.
 
            The agreement states  that “refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for an exception to the Agreement.”This piece of legislation is a problem because people who applied asylum in the US  when they arrived cannot receive asylum in Canada because they are not considered asylum seekers due to the fact that they have already arrived in the U.S. This means that they cannot come into Canada as an asylum seeker legally.They have to cross the border illegallyand the decision to cross the border illegally is not a light on.  
 
            The crossings are likely due to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America is likely a cause. This is because many of the things that president Trump has said about the different minority groups that populate the Unites States of America can be seen as threatening. This leads them to want to the leave the Unites States of America. This petition has been created to gain the attention that this problem deserves. Ultimately, we want to change the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement to allow people cross the border legally if they are in United States of America.


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