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Jacqueline Swaisland- The Supreme Court just reined in the scope of a Canadian security law. Refugee advocates are praising the ruling

2023-09-28T16:42:30+00:00September 28th, 2023|Tags: |

The Supreme Court of Canada has imposed a limit on the power of immigration officials and government tribunals to remove foreign nationals with no criminal convictions on security grounds. In a unanimous judgment released on Wednesday, the country’s highest court says if Canada is going to deport a non-citizen on “security grounds,” authorities must show that the person poses not just ...

Jacqueline Swaisland- SCC applies Vavilov standard of review framework; overturns FCA on immigration inadmissibility

2023-09-28T16:15:03+00:00September 28th, 2023|Tags: |

Applying the Vavilov standard of review framework, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 8-0 that non-citizens can be found inadmissible to Canada and deported under the s. 34(1)(e) “security grounds” provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) only if the non-citizen’s alleged violent conduct had a nexus to national security or the security of Canada. On Sept. 27 Supreme Court of ...

Erin Simpson-SCC rules Safe 3rd Country Agreement with U.S. doesn’t infringe asylum seekers’ Charter s. 7 rights

2023-06-22T17:39:15+00:00June 22nd, 2023|

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 8-0 that a regulatory provision designating the United States as a “safe third country” to which most asylum seekers arriving at the Canada-U.S. border can safely be returned to make their refugee claims is not ultra vires nor an infringement of their Charter s. 7 rights to liberty and security of the person.However, the top ...

Erin Simpson-Human Rights Groups on SCC Ruling of Safe Third Country Agreement

2023-06-16T18:58:35+00:00June 16th, 2023|

On Parliament Hill, three human rights organizations respond to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. The top court has ruled that the agreement recognizing the two countries as safe places for asylum seekers is constitutional.Taking part in the news conference are representatives from groups that, alongside eight plaintiffs, launched the ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Students duped by immigration scams face deportation

2023-06-12T19:39:55+00:00June 12th, 2023|Tags: |

The Current with Matt Galloway Hundreds of international students from India have been threatened with deportation after their original offers to study in Canada turned out to be fake. We discuss what might happen next, and what needs to happen to protect students from immigration scams.

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Suspend the US-Canada Safe Third Country Agreement to Restore Orderly Migration

2023-03-15T18:49:33+00:00March 15th, 2023|

Warda Shazadi Meighen is an immigration partner at Landings LLP and an adjunct professor of refugee law at the University of Toronto. Until 2004, when the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement was signed, asylum seekers could enter Canada in an orderly manner by presenting themselves at an official port of entry at the Canada-US border. Once the agreement came into effect, however, ...

Jonathan Porter- Falling between the cracks of cornerstones: Challenging the detention of asylum seekers on identity grounds

2023-03-14T13:49:40+00:00March 14th, 2023|

Immigration detention on the grounds of identity is not novel in international law – many states reserve the right to detain foreign nationals where their identity is unknown. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) permits Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to detain foreign nationals where the minister is not satisfied as to the person’s identity. Canadian jurisprudence has continually ...

Erin Simpson- They came to Canada, were in child protection, but never got legal immigration status. Now advocates are speaking up

2023-03-07T20:55:16+00:00March 7th, 2023|Tags: |

Raised by his great-grandmother in the Dominican Republic, Fili has few memories of his parents or his sister and two brothers, who were both murdered. When his only caregiver died, the young boy, then about 10, moved in with friends he met on the streets and started catching fish and unloading cargo at a shipping port to provide for himself. ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Asylum seekers face a long journey to freedom along Roxham Road

2023-03-06T20:27:35+00:00March 6th, 2023|Tags: |

It seems like an unremarkable site. A temporary building made of corrugated steel. A single white pillar outside, marking the official line between two countries. But for the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who have made the journey to that site over the past several years – many of them travelling for days, weeks, sometimes years just to get ...

Warda Shazadi Meighen – Calls to shut down the Roxham Road border crossing

2023-03-03T15:11:04+00:00March 3rd, 2023|Tags: |

The Current with Matt Galloway Thousands of asylum seekers enter Canada through Roxham Road in Quebec each year, but calls to close the unofficial border crossing are growing. Matt Galloway talks to Lovejoyce Amavi, a refugee and author who crossed at Roxham Road in 2017; Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe, immigration critic for the Bloc Québécois; and Warda Shazadi Meighen, an immigration and ...

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