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Chase, Steven and Tamara Baluja. 2012. « Kenney strengthens the rules for dodgy asylum seekers. » The Globe and Mail, February 16, www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/kenney-tightens-rules-for-questionable-asylum-seekers/article546796/. Despite the state`s efforts to hide information about the agreements, there are resources. We recommend that recent surveys indicate that border security is the most important immigration issue in Canadian public opinion.4 Despite these perceptions, border workers account for only a fraction of the total backlog of refugee claims, an inventory of pending cases of people seeking refuge in Canada because they fear persecution in their home countries. In February 2019, 4,170 new refugee claims were registered, of which 808 were intercepted in Canada-U.S. In August 2018, during the summer months when border crossings tend to be higher, 4,965 new applications were registered, while the RCMP intercepted 1,747 asylum seekers at the border crossing (35% of all « people flee to Guatemala due to the strength of resources without consultation). Today, the state wants to deport asylum seekers to indigenous territories without consulting. The state does not deal with Guatemalans, how will it deal with the migrants that the United States wants to throw away? In July 2019, Guatemala`s Minister of the Interior and the Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Homeland Security signed an Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA), also known as the « Third Country Security Agreement. » The signing came after Guatemala`s Constitutional Court ordered former President Morales not to sign the agreement without congressional approval. After Trump threatened to ban Guatemalans on legitimate U.S.

visas and tax transfers, Morales sent his interior minister to sign. In the weeks that followed, El Salvador and Honduras signed similar agreements. We must ask Congress to compensate the agreements, demand more information on their signature and implementation, and take a stand against agreements that pose a threat to Central American security, human dignity and sovereignty. We must also demand that they immediately cease deportations, deportations and detentions during the pandemic. For more information about this campaign, see bit.ly/nosafethird. Asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Canada deserve to have their claims processed on time. To do so, Canada should devote more resources to the processing of claims rather than finding new ways to force these individuals to return to the United States by renegotiating the safe-third country agreement (STCA) between the two countries. In the two years to February 2019, the RCMP intercepted some 42,000 asylum seekers at the border, or one-third of all asylum applications during that period.