TAKING A CHANCE AT THE BORDER
Asylum seekers who arrive first in the U.S. but then want to make their refugee claim in Canada can face a difficult decision. Those who show up at an official border crossing, such as the Peace Bridge, but don’t meet one of the exceptions to the agreement will be immediately returned to the U.S. Back in the U.S., they can be detained and subject to deportation. Officials at Vive say it’s now customary for single males and the male heads of families to be detained at the federal detention facility in Batavia, N.Y. if they are returned from the border crossing at the Peace Bridge. Women and children are frequently dropped off by U.S. border officials at the Vive centre and the women are fitted with a GPS-tracking ankle monitor. What’s worse, those who are turned away at a border crossing because they don’t meet one of the exceptions can never make another refugee claim in Canada and they are barred from returning to Canada without authorization for one year. Those who are found ineligible at the border for other reasons, such as a previous failed claim or inadmissibility because of serious criminal issues, can face immediate deportation to their country of origin and could be held in immigration detention. Asylum seekers who get past the first step at the border then have to show through their claim that they face persecution in their country of origin. Those who have their claim denied following a hearing will then face deportation to their country of origin, not the U.S.