Ottawa is appealing Thursday's court ruling striking down the contentious Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States.
The agreement requires would-be refugees to make their claims in the first of the two countries in which they land, preventing claimants from landing in the U.S. and crossing the border to make an application in Canada. This has significantly reduced the number of claimants.
Under this agreement, the U.S. is considered a safe third country. But in November, Justice Michael Phelan found the U.S. does not meet international requirements for protecting refugees or conventions against torture.
On Thursday, the judge went a step further, ruling the agreement would end on Feb. 1. Ottawa is seeking a stay of the judge's decision until a higher court settles the issue.