Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he won't be raising the Canada-US Safe Third Country agreement when he meets with US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in the coming days.
On Saturday, CBC reported, "Goodale says he'll be discussing the growing issue of asylum seekers sneaking across the border with senior officials in the United States in the coming days. Goodale, who oversees the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency, said the government is already in communication with some U.S. authorities about the impact unannounced asylum seekers are having on the Canadian refugee system. What is unlikely to be raised in those talks, however, is the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the U.S."
Goodale says, "The terms of the agreement are what they are. The fact of the matter is we have to deal with the real life circumstances that we are facing. We've also had confirmation from the UN High Commission for Refugees that they do not see a basis in the United States for any deviation from the agreement."