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Available Expert - Poll finds nearly half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported

Monday, March 20, 2017

Queen's University legal and immigration expert Sharry Aiken is available to comment on a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, released today, which found 48 per cent of respondants believe that Canada should send migrants who make asylum or refugee claims at the Canada/U.S. border back to the United States.

Professor Aiken points to the impact that President Trump's executive orders on immigration have had on mobility as well as public sentiment towards refugees in the United States as reasons for the increase. The orders, as well as the Safe-Third Country Agreement, are the subject of an emergency hearing convened for tomorrow by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Save-Third Country Agreement requires that those seeking refugee status must make their claim in the first country they arrive in, either the United States or Canada.

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.

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