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Available Expert - Law professors renew call on government to halt enforcement of Safe Third Country Agreement

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

UPDATED:

Queen's University legal expert Sharry Aiken is available to comment on a renewed call by members of the Canadian law community for the Canadian government to immediately halt enforcement of the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

Following the imposition of a travel ban from seven majority-Muslim nations and a complete ban on the acceptance of refugee claims in the US, a group of 235 Canadian legal scholars, including Professor Aiken, issued a letter to the Minister of Immigration. The group has renewed their calls for a suspension of the agreement in light of a letter and report by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, which highlights the effects of President Trump’s Executive Orders on the US asylum system and demonstrates that the United States cannot be considered a “safe” country for refugees.  

Professor Aiken is an associate professor at Queen’s Law. She is an expert on immigration and refugee law and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of precedent setting immigration cases. Her research focuses on the controversies, complexities and challenges posted by immigration and border security.

Please note she is available for phone interviews at 416-529-0379.

The full text of the media release issued by Professor AIken and her colleagues is attached below.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 x77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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