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Trudeau’s Closing of Canada’s Borders to Asylum Seekers an Epic Fail

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Trudeau's Closing of Canada's Borders to Asylum Seekers an Epic Fail

A deal Canada reached this year with the Biden administration to limit the flow of asylum seekers arriving from the United States appeared to be a swift success: within days, the number of persons captured at illegal border crossings had fallen to a trickle.

However, five months later, the overall number of people seeking refugee claims in Canada has increased rather than decreased. Many now travel by air, while others sneak across the border and hide until they can ask for asylum without fear of being deported, according to people who work with migrants.

The figures demonstrate how difficult it is for countries to turn away desperate people, as well as the issue that unexpected numbers of asylum seekers might pose: Hundreds of people in Toronto slept on the streets this summer because they couldn’t find a place to sleep.

“The basic reality is that closing a border does nothing to address the need for protection,” said Shauna Labman, an associate professor and acting head of the University of Winnipeg’s Human Rights Program. “It only increases the desperation.”

Canada takes pride in welcoming immigrants and plans to bring in a record 500,000 new permanent residents by 2025 to address a severe labour shortfall. However, it has attempted to deter asylum seekers, primarily through an arrangement with the United States under which each country turns back asylum claimants.

Nonetheless, over 39,000 asylum seekers entered Canada illegally last year, largely entering Quebec along a dirt route off Roxham Road in New York, prompting the province to protest that it couldn’t handle the influx. Asylum seekers are drawn to Canada because of its reputation for faster processing and increased acceptance of asylum petitions than the United States.

As a result, Canada and the United States modified their two-decade-old asylum-seeker arrangement, the Safe Third Country Agreement, in March. The deal now applies to the whole 4,000-mile land border between the two countries, rather than only at points of entry.

The enlarged pact resulted in a remarkable decrease in the number of persons intercepted at irregular crossings, from 4,173 in March to double digits from April to July.

However, the aggregate number of asylum seekers entering Canada has increased. According to figures from the immigration, refugees, and citizenship department, the overall number of refugee claims filed in Canada increased to 12,010 in July, the highest monthly total since at least January 2017, and up from 10,120 in March.

Canada Refugee Claims at Airports

According to government of Canada data, some of the increased numbers are due to an increase in the number of people submitting refugee claims at airports or local immigration department offices, frequently days, weeks, or months after arriving in the nation.

People applying at airports accounted for over one-third of all refugee applications in July, up from about 16% in March. Those filing claims at immigration offices accounted for almost 54% of the total in July, up from approximately a third in March. Mexico, Haiti, Turkey, Colombia, and India were the top five claimant countries in the first half of the year, albeit these figures include those who applied prior to the extended US accord.

According to some migratory experts, at least part of the reason for the latest exodus is that Canada is among a diminishing handful of nations viewed as providing safe harbour as the strains of war, climate change, and human rights violations force an increasing number to flee.

The European Union, for example, has implemented an asylum seeker deal that allows governments to return some migrants more promptly. The British government is pressing for legislation that will make it easier to return asylum seekers to Rwanda, while US President Joe Biden’s administration has proposed legislation that will make it more difficult for migrants to obtain refuge if they enter the country unlawfully.

“If you’re trying to make this set of decisions, Canada becomes a more likely option,” said Craig Damian Smith, a research affiliate at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.

“The world is facing unprecedented flows of migrants and refugees, and Canada is not immune to these trends,” said Remi Lariviere, a department official.

According to Lariviere, Canada revised the agreement with the US to handle “irregular” crossings, and the extension “does not mean that claims for asylum will not be made in Canada at all.”

Smugglers Hiding Asylum Seekers

According to those who work with migrants, some of those filing claims days or weeks after arriving in Canada are hoping to avoid a clause in the expanded agreement with the US that states that any asylum seeker apprehended within two weeks of crossing the border will be turned back unless they meet a narrow exemption.

This has prompted some to sneak over secretly, often with the assistance of a smuggler, and hide until the two-week deadline expires.

The Refugee Centre in Montreal claims to have assisted four families in one day last week who had been hiding for a fortnight after entering into the nation overland.

“Unfortunately, this is not a very safe avenue for them,” Reuters’ Executive Director Abdulla Daoud said. “It encourages bad actors to take advantage of these people.”

Assistance of Smugglers

According to Executive Director Loly Rico of the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto, between 20% to 30% of recent arrivals indicate they came into Canada undetected and hid with the assistance of a smuggler.

Reuters met with ten persons seeking refugee status who landed in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, recently. They came from all over the world, including Sudan, Uganda, and Mexico. All arrived by plane and had legal visas. Some applied for asylum days or weeks after arriving.

Though they went for causes ranging from domestic violence to war, Canada’s reputation for upholding human rights and providing refuge was a common pull for all.

“It was the first country that came to mind,” Hana Bakhit explained. The 35-year-old Sudanese woman claims she applied for a visiting visa in May, came to Canada in July, and submitted a refugee claim two weeks later.

She has been sleeping in a mosque and a church, calling Toronto’s central shelter every day for a room only to be told that none are available. Nonetheless, she feels herself fortunate to live in Canada.

With Canada’s land border more restricted, the asylum system now favours persons like Bakhit who can obtain a visa and a plane ticket, according to refugee lawyer Maureen Silcoff. “Some of the most vulnerable people remain barred from accessing Canada’s system, and I think we have to reflect on the inequity of that development,” Silcoff said.

Grace Nanziri, 42, was among those who had the relative advantage of being able to obtain a visa and a flight ticket: she sought for a Canadian visitor’s visa after her LGBTQ activism made her a target in her home nation of Uganda.

She flew to Toronto in August after waiting a year for the visa, enticed by Canada’s reputation for human rights protection, she said.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

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Al-Muhayyir, West Bank – Israel’s army announced Saturday that the body of a missing Israeli adolescent was discovered in the West Bank after he was slain in a “terrorist attack,” as violence erupted across the Israeli-occupied area, where tensions have been building for months.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

The disappearance of 14-year-old Binyamin Achimair prompted Israeli settlers to launch raids on Palestinian towns on Friday and Saturday. The attack on al-Mughayyir hamlet on Friday killed one Palestinian and injured 25 others, according to Palestinian health officials. According to witnesses, Israeli troops held up the ambulance transporting the 26-year-old man’s body for burial for several hours on Saturday.

On Saturday, dozens of Israeli settlers returned to the village’s outskirts, burning down 12 homes and many cars. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that three persons from the community were hurt, one gravely. Border police sprayed tear gas at the gathered locals, attempting to disperse them.

Israeli settlers set fire to many homes in the nearby village of Douma, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported six persons hurt by gunshots but did not specify who fired.

Since the Israel-Hamas conflict in nearby Gaza broke out on October 7 as a result of a Hamas assault on southern Israel that claimed the lives of about 1,200 people and kidnapped 250 more, tensions in the West Bank have been particularly high. According to Gaza health officials, the Israeli offensive has killed more than 33,000 Palestinians.

Since then, Hamas has attempted to spark new fronts, especially in the West Bank, to increase pressure on Israel. Even though Israeli fire has killed more than 460 Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7, the majority of them in clashes sparked by army operations, but some by vigilante settlers, such efforts have largely failed.

There was no immediate claim of blame for the death of the Israeli teenager.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

According to Israeli media, the teenager was last seen leaving Malachi Shalom, a settlement outpost, early Friday to care for cattle nearby. According to reports, the sheep returned to the outpost many hours later without him.

According to Israel’s Channel 13 TV, a drone spotted Achimair’s body. The broadcaster stated that he was not shot but did not clarify.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the incident. “We will get to the murderers and their accomplices as we do to anyone who harms the citizens of Israel,” he said in a statement released by his office.

The kidnapping and execution of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in 2014 fueled tensions, resulting in a 50-day Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, the deadliest phase of conflict between the two sides to date.

Consecutive Israeli governments have increased settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, places where Palestinians hope for a future state alongside Gaza. Some are well-developed and resemble Israeli city suburbs, but other outposts may have a few caravans.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

While Israel has constructed numerous settlements throughout the occupied West Bank, the outposts are not allowed, despite the government’s tacit support. The international world regards all West Bank settlements as unlawful and impediments to peace.

Over 700,000 Israelis now live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, regions acquired by Israel in 1967.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

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NEW YORK — Alexei Navalny’s memoir, which he began working on in 2020, will be released this fall. “Patriot,” which publisher Alfred A. Knopf describes as the late Russian opposition leader’s “final letter to the world,” will be released on October 22.

Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, said in a statement released Thursday by the publisher, “This book is a tribute not just to Alexei’s life, but to his unshakeable devotion to the battle against dictatorship—a war for which he devoted everything, even his life. Through its pages, readers will learn about the guy I adored—a man of tremendous integrity and unwavering courage. Sharing his tale will not only respect his legacy, but will also motivate others to fight for what is right and never lose sight of the most important ideals.”

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

Navalny, 47, died in February while serving a 19-year prison sentence on extremism charges, which he saw as politically motivated. He was imprisoned after returning from Germany in January 2021, where he was recovering from the 2020 nerve agent attack, which he blamed on the Kremlin, and has since received three prison sentences.

He perished in a distant correctional colony located above the Arctic Circle. Russian officials have categorically denied participation in both the poisoning and his death.

According to Knopf, Navalny began working on the book in Germany and continued to write it in Russia, both inside and outside the prison.

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

“In vivid, page-turning detail, including never-before-seen correspondence from prison, Navalny recounts, among other things, his political career, the many attempts on his life, and the lives of the people closest to him, and the relentless campaign he and his team waged against an increasingly dictatorial regime,” according to Knopf’s press release.

“Written with the passion, wit, candor, and bravery for which he was justly acclaimed, ‘Patriot’ is Navalny’s final letter to the world: a moving account of his last years spent in the most brutal prison on earth; a reminder of why the principles of individual freedom matter so deeply; and a rousing call to continue the work for which he sacrificed his life.”

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Navalnaya claimed Thursday that she had hoped her husband would write a memoir much later in life when they were both “around 80” and had grandchildren.

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

She recalled that many people encouraged Navalny to begin writing after the poisoning, but he initially dismissed these suggestions: “What kind of memoir is it when you’re 44?” It’s just been slightly more than half (his) life. He wasn’t rushing because there was so much more to come. But things came out as they did. Horrible and extremely unjust. “It turned out there was no other half ahead.”

She stated that the memoir was translated into 11 languages and would “definitely” be released in Russian. It is unclear from her words whether the book will be published in Russia, where Navalny was convicted as a leader of an extremist group and his foundation and offices were prohibited.

SOURCE – (AP)

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

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AUGUSTA, Georgia—The Masters began Thursday after a 2 1/2-hour weather delay, with wind still whipping beneath an overcast sky. It marks the first time golf’s top players have competed on the same course since the British Open in July.

With his wife Barbara on the bag, six-time champion Jack Nicklaus joined three-time winner Gary Player and two-time champion Tom Watson as hundreds of spectators gathered around the first tee to witness them take the ceremonial first shots.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

“It’s not so easy to put the ball on the tee now, is it?” The player inquired of the others before stripping one down the fairway.

“Watch out on the left and right,” Nicklaus said before driving it straight down the middle.

Erik van Rooyen and Jake Knapp were the first participants to tee off, with the PGA Tour and LIV Golf strong hitters spread out in highlighted groups throughout the day. Those with later tee dates, such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson, would likely finish after dusk, forcing them to return on Friday to complete their first rounds.

This year’s tournament features 13 players from Saudi-funded LIV Golf, including defending Masters champion Jon Rahm, who quit the PGA Tour late last year for millions in guaranteed money. That’s down from 18 a year ago when people were still determining how the split between the breakaway league and the long-established PGA Tour would play out at Augusta National.

However, the ongoing schism is just one of many topics this year.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

Scottie Scheffler, the 2022 champion and world’s number one player, has been the 4-1 betting favorite since Woods ruled nearly two decades ago, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut last year, is attempting to complete the career grand slam for the tenth time. Woods is only playing for the second time this season due to illness and injury.

Scheffler and Sam Burns both have wives who are expecting their first children. Both players have stated that they would retire if they heard their wives were in labor, which is difficult to believe given their advantage on Sunday’s back nine.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

Last year, the rain stretched the third round to Sunday, and Rahm entered the long day four shots behind Brooks Koepka. He had halved it at the start of the final round, and Rahm became the fourth Spaniard to win a green jacket with a four-shot triumph against Koepka and Phil Mickelson, who finished with a 65 at the age of 52.

SOURCE – (AP)

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