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Churches, NGO’s take Canada to court over refugee pact with U.S.

“The U.S. was never safe for all refugees and now is even less safe,” Rico said.

“Canada has carefully analyzed developments in the United States, including with respect to the recent executive orders related to immigration and refugee matters, and determined that the U.S. remains a safe country for asylum claimants to seek protection there,” Chan wrote in an email. “This finding is also shared by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR).”

In May, the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International Canada submitted a 52-page brief to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen outlining their concerns over political interference and dysfunction in the U.S. refugee system.

“We hoped that the government would be willing to take a serious look at the human rights violations occurring in the U.S.,” Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, told The Catholic Register in an email. “We gave the government a timeline to respond, and an extension to that timeline at their request. We held off releasing the report until after their response, which did not address the substance of our submissions.”

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