In a twist, Canada asks U.S. for help cracking down at its southern bor

In a twist, Canada asks U.S. for help cracking down at its southern border

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — There’s no wall or checkpoint or regular guard at the end of Roxham Road — just a footpath to the border. In recent years, this trail has been the busiest unauthorized crossing into Canada, a well-known back door for tens of thousands of people seeking asylum in a country that projects itself as a haven for refugees.

Canada has largely tolerated their arrival. But with an increasingly close election on the horizon, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — a global figure of welcome for refugees — is signaling plans to crack down. And they’re asking the United States to help.

The irony is not lost on those who track immigration: The Trudeau government wants the United States to help tighten enforcement on Canada’s southern border, just as the Trump administration is pressing Mexico to tighten enforcement on the U.S. southern border.

It’s not clear the United States will agree. The Trump administration has sharply reduced U.S. refu*gee admissions and has tried to keep asylum seekers from entering from Mexico.

“I suspect that President Trump will be inclined to make Trudeau sweat over this,” said Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

Canada has made a formal request to the United States to amend a 15-year-old border treaty between the countries. A spokeswoman for the State Department declined to provide details, saying the department does not “discuss internal and interagency deliberations.”

The idea behind the treaty, known as the Safe Third Country Agreement, is that Canada and the United States are equally open to refugees.

Under the terms of the deal, which took effect in 2004, asylum seekers who try to enter Canada at an official border crossing are sent back to the United States. But there’s a loophole: Those who cross the border at an unauthorized point of entry can proceed into Canada and file their claim.

One Canadian proposal would close that loophole: An asylum seeker who entered at an unofficial crossing would be escorted to an official port of entry and bounced back to the United States.

A spokeswoman for Bill Blair, Canada’s minister of border security and organized crime reduction, said he hopes a renegotiated treaty will “encourage people to cross at regular points of entry to maintain the security and the integrity of our borders.”

Spokeswoman Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux declined to outline what other proposals might be on the table.

“It would not be appropriate to negotiate the terms of a bilateral treaty through the media,” she said.

Separately, the treaty is being challenged in Canadian federal court. Three immigrant rights groups argue the United States should not be considered a “safe” country for refugees.

The Trudeau government, meanwhile, is proposing changes that would prevent individuals who have filed asylum claims in other countries from filing a claim in Canada.

The United States and Canada share the world’s longest undefended border. Most of its 5,500 miles run through rural farmland or forest.

Advocates for asylum seekers say changing the policy won’t stop them from walking across the long, mostly empty, frontier. It will simply encourage them to find more remote, more dangerous places to enter — possibly with the help of criminal networks.

“The main beneficiaries would be the smugglers,” said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, one of the groups challenging the agreement.
Trump!! Please help us... You go Trudeau
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The question is why would Trump do anything to help the dipshit? Especially when the proposals just add to the illegal alien problem in the US,