Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts

April 27, 2017 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Rod Nickel, Reuters

Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven.

That is because their time in the United States could count against them when they apply for asylum in Canada, according to a Reuters review of Canadian federal court rulings on asylum seekers and interviews with refugee lawyers.

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Train terror suspect Raed Jaser dodged deportation for years

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Anna Mehler Paperny – Global News

Terror suspect Raed Jaser was under a deportation order almost a decade ago, after repeated refugee claims were rejected and he was denied his family’s route to citizenship because of multiple convictions he’d racked up since coming to Canada.

And in August of 2004, he stood in an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing, arguing he posed no threat and no flight risk despite accusations of working illegally under multiple aliases, and should be released until the government was ready to deport him – and had figured out where he ought to go.

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