Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Canada, US Agree to Deal to Close Unofficial Roxham Road Border Crossing; US Secures Deal with Canada to Return Illegal Migrants Crossing Northern Border

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Canada, US agree to deal to close unofficial Roxham Road border crossing -media
The Canadian government has reached a deal with the United States to close an unofficial U.S.-Canada border crossing at Roxham Road, between New York state and the province of Quebec, Radio-Canada reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
Roxham Road is a dirt path that has become a route of choice for asylum-seekers hoping to enter Canada from the United States in what is known as irregular crossings due to the absence of an official border checkpoint.
A sharp increase in asylum seekers entering Canada through unofficial crossings has increased pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reach an agreement with President Joe Biden to close off the entire land border to most asylum seekers.
Radio-Canada reported that Ottawa has agreed to welcome a certain number of migrants through official channels as part of the deal with the Biden administration to close Roxham Road, though precise details were not known.
It was also unclear whether an announcement would be made during Biden's first visit to Canada as president later on Thursday, Radio-Canada. --->READ MORE HERE
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US secures deal with Canada to return illegal migrants crossing northern border:
The United States and Canada have reached an agreement to allow both countries to turn away migrants who cross illegally at the northern U.S. border, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News Digital on Thursday.
The deal is set to be announced Friday by President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who are meeting in Ottawa.
The agreement will mean that migrants who attempt to cross illegally between ports of entry into either country will be returned, which officials anticipate will deter irregular migration at the U.S.-Canada border.
The agreement, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, marks an update to the Safe Third County Agreement established by the two nations in 2004, which required migrants to claim asylum at the country through which they passed -- but did not apply to those who entered illegally.
Additionally, Canada will announce a commitment to accept an additional 15,000 migrants over the next year from the Western Hemisphere, as part of its commitments made under the Los Angeles Declaration last year -- which committed nations to a regional response to the migration crisis.
Such a move would be accepted to lessen the pressure facing the U.S. southern border, which has faced a historic migrant surge since 2021. The Times reported that the policy applies to migrants caught within 14 days of crossing the border. --->READ MORE HERE
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