(MENAFN) The United States and Canada have jointly announced a new immigration plan that will significantly alter the way they accept asylum seekers. Under this new agreement, Ottawa has pledged to welcome an additional 15,000 migrants, while both nations will have the authority to reject those who arrive at unofficial border crossings.
United States President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the new agreement on Friday, emphasizing that it would bring more "fairness" to the immigration process. During a visit to Canada, President Biden stated that this move would help address the high levels of migration in the hemisphere. He also praised Prime Minister Trudeau for taking steps to create new legal pathways for migrants to come to Canada from countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Previously, asylum seekers could file their claims at any legal port of entry in Canada. However, a 2004 pact between the United States and Canada required them to do so at the first country they arrived in after leaving their home country. This new agreement will modify these conditions, putting a greater emphasis on official border crossings and allowing both nations to reject asylum seekers who arrive at unofficial crossings. Overall, this new plan represents a significant change in the way the two countries handle immigration and could have a significant impact on the lives of asylum seekers seeking to enter the United States or Canada.
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