Protest outside the White House against Trump's immigration policies, January 31. Twitter photo by @TimNHyde.
The Council of Canadians has long opposed the Safe Third Country agreement.
In 2005, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow explained, "The Smart Border Accord includes a Safe Third Country agreement, which requires Canada to turn back refugee claimants who have arrived at our border via the United States. The agreement is ostensibly based on the principle that refugees must claim refuge in the first country they reach as long as that country is 'safe' for them. But it is really based on strong pressure from the [US President George W.] Bush White House, which views refugees as a security problem, to create a seamless North American refugee system, with the terms and conditions set in Washington."