Biden to discuss asylum-seekers with Trudeau during Canada trip
President Biden is heading to Canada on Thursday to address the country’s Parliament. It is his first trip there as president, and according to the White House, he plans to discuss a number of issues with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The list includes efforts to make the supply chain more resilient, combat climate change, transition to clean energy, address instability in Haiti, support Ukraine, and modernize the North American Aerospace Defense Command. They’ll also collaborate on the opioid crisis and migration.
US Customs and Border Patrol says encounters and apprehensions for one section of the northern border were up 846% between October of last year and January of this year.
The Daily Caller is reporting that DHS flew undocumented migrants from the United States’ northern border with Canada to the southern border…ultimately, to expel them under TItle 42. The outlet cited an internal agency memo.
Currently, Canada and the US have a policy called the Safe Third Country Agreement. Since 2004, it’s required asylum-seekers to file claims in the first of the two countries they arrive in. So, those arriving in Canada from the US are sent back to the US.
But there’s an exception–if they enter Canada at an unofficial crossing, like Roxham Road. It’s a loophole that’s contributing to the influx of migrants there. So, Trudeau says he plans to speak with Biden about renegotiating the agreement on this visit.
According to CTV News, Canada’s ambassador to the US says Biden is not dismissing a renegotiation of the agreement.