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Thu Sep 19, 2019, 01:35 PM

33. Changes to asylum rules in federal budget bill leave refugee advocates in 'shock and dismay'

OTTAWA — Lawyers and advocates who work directly with refugees say they are dismayed by proposed changes to asylum laws included in the Liberals’ new budget bill, calling them a devastating attack on refugee rights in Canada.

The Trudeau government is proposing to prevent asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States.

Border Security Minister Bill Blair says the measure aims to prevent “asylum-shopping.”

“I can tell you we’ve been working very hard over the past several months to significantly reduce the number of people who are crossing our borders irregularly,” Blair told reporters Tuesday. “There’s a right way to come to the country to seek asylum and/or to seek to immigrate to this country, and we’re trying to encourage people to use the appropriate channels and to disincentivize people from doing it improperly.”

More: https://www.google.com/amp/s/nationalpost.com/news/politics/refugee-advocates-shocked-and-dismayed-over-asylum-changes-in-budget-bill/amp

Now, if the Trump administration adopted the same policy, would we say "gosh, that seems like a fair and reasonable policy?" Or would we decry it as heartless and xenophobic?

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