Canadian Lawmaker Wants To Accept US Asylum Seekers Due To Police Brutality
Canadian Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May said Canada must accept Americans desiring to flee the United States to escape the dangers facing minority communities, according to the Huffington Post.
May said the United States was no longer a secure country and told reporters in Ottawa, “We must not turn them away because Donald Trump has made the United States no longer safe.”
She said that President Trump has worsened the situation in the United States and urged the Liberal government to suspend Canada’s Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S.
May said: “It’s clear that if you’re Muslim, if you’re Black, if you’re Latina, if you’re Indigenous, the United States is not a safe country.”
The 2004 agreement recognized the US and Canada as safe countries for refugee claimants to seek protection, but May is urging the government to reconsider in light of the country’s treatment of minorities.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau angered refugee advocates in March when he announced “that asylum seekers who try to come into Canada irregularly from the U.S. would be sent back as part of a “reciprocal” arrangement between the countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
May said she would not criticize the Prime Minister for refusing to call out Trump by name as unrest in the U.S. has increased, but she has criticized the Liberal government for shutting its borders to refugees during the pandemic.
She also called for an inquiry to “determine to what extent white supremacist forces could be infiltrating the police and the military in Canada.”
On the other hand, New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters that the prime minister should forcefully call out Trump for his agitation of the situation in the U.S.