Ahmed Hussen, our MP and the Minister of Immigration, had a ‘toy pile of shame’ outside his office this week. The toys were left there to protest the Canada’s policies against refugee claimants, and children in particular.
What it looks like in front of @HonAhmedHussen ‘s office right now. Scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement #WorldRefugeeDay2018 Canada should stop cooperating with the US – it is NOT SAFE for refugees there. #toypileofshame #toystorm pic.twitter.com/0sX1s7AFcq
— Karen Chen (@ckaren15) June 20, 2018
Critics, including Amnesty International, are calling on the federal government to rescind the Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires claimants to seek refugee protection in the first country they land in. They say that the United States is no longer a safe country for refugees, especially in light of the separation of children and parents.
Because the agreement applies only at regular border crossings, tens of thousands of refugee claimants have crossed on foot.