Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this Friday that his country is deporting migrants and refugees, many from Latin America, who will cross into their territory through private entry points after passing through the United States at midnight.
Toronto, Canada.- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this Friday that his country will begin to migrate to its borders migrants and refugees, many from Latin America, who passed through private points of entry into their territory after passing through the United States.
Trudeau made the announcement during a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden while visiting Canada and after both countries reached a new immigration agreement.
“Border agents will enforce the start of the agreement tonight and will bring irregular crossings to the nearest US border,” the Canadian prime minister announced.
In exchange for speeding up those deportations, Canada promised to take back 15,000 migrants from America over the next year.
The agreement seeks to satisfy the concerns that Canada has expressed about the growing number of asylum seekers, many from Latin America, who have come to its territory in recent months because of the difficulty of doing so in the US due to the new restrictions imposed by Biden. .
Specifically, the agreement allows Canada to deport to the United States those who cross the border between the two countries through unofficial transit points of entry.
Previously, under the so-called Safe Third Country Convention of 2004, Canada tried to return to the US anyone who tried to enter illegally through public entry points; but he did not explain what had happened to the refugees and migrants through other points.
Thousands of migrants have used this legal loophole to cross the Canadian border via the Roxham Road border crossing between the Canadian province of Quebec and the US state of New York.
In 2022 alone, 4,000 people entered through that point, which provoked the anger of the Quebec government and the opposition of the Conservative Party of Canada, who ordered Trudeau to close Roxham Road.