“Warkentin family still battling to overturn a decision from Immigration Canada”

FROM 730CKDM.COM: 

The Warkentin family from Waterhen are still battling to overturn a decision from Immigration Canada which denied them Permanent Resident status because of their daughter’s disability.

The family has hired Alastair Clarke, an immigration lawyer from Winnipeg to handle their case.

Clarke provides some insight to Immigration Canada’s decision.

“Unfortunately medical inadmissibility are not uncommon. Generally the individuals who face this type of issue come to me before a refusal. In this case the Warkentin family responded to the fairness letter, submitted all the evidence and then after it was refused, that’s when they came.”

If the decision cannot be reversed, the Warkentins could face moving back to the U.S. by November of this year, when their visas run out.

“Seeking Asylum: How ‘very skilled’ asylum seekers are contributing to Manitoba’s economy”

FROM GLOBALNEWS.CA

WINNIPEG — It’s a dangerous trek asylum seekers are making by the hundreds as they flee a fear of deportation and look to call Canada home.

It’s a story that is very familiar to Yahya Samatar. The Somalian now lives and works in Winnipeg after illegally crossing into the country in August 2015.

“That decision was quite difficult,” Samatar said. “But it was the only option I had.”

Samatar was a human rights activist in his home country and helped young children get out of the militia. However, it was a tough job that put his life in danger daily.

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How Things Have Changed

For many of the 350 refugees seeking asylum in Manitoba since January 2017, it will likely take much longer than the average 60 days for their claim to be approved or denied.

The tribunal schedules time for two claims to be heard each day, one seating in the morning and one in the afternoon.

However, depending on how complicated cases are they could take much longer.

Immigration lawyers handling many of the cases in Winnipeg are overwhelmed.

Alastair Clarke has more than 80 open cases waiting to be heard by the tribunal and said many that have dates are being cancelled.

“Right now, I have hearings once or twice per week,” Clarke said. “These cases are moving through the system so slowly and so many of these hearings are being postponed.”

Last week, Clarke said five of the seven hearings set to go before the tribunal were postponed and no new dates were given.

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Advocates concerned about unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Canada

FROM THEWESTERNSTAR.COM

Immigration lawyer Alastair Clarke calls it a “travesty of justice.”

In Buffalo, N.Y., a client is currently living in a shelter, desperately awaiting news about how she might be reunited with her three young children, all under the age of 10.

The woman fled the small East-African country of Burundi with her kids and landed in the United States with a visitor’s visa, hopeful they could all eventually claim asylum in Canada, where her sister-in-law is a permanent resident, living in Winnipeg.

But when they did attempt to cross the border by bus it became clear another difficult journey was ahead.

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Advocates concerned about unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Canada

FROM LEADERPOST.COM

Immigration lawyer Alastair Clarke calls it a “travesty of justice.”

In Buffalo, N.Y., a client is currently living in a shelter, desperately awaiting news about how she might be reunited with her three young children, all under the age of 10.

The woman fled the small East-African country of Burundi with her kids and landed in the United States with a visitor’s visa, hopeful they could all eventually claim asylum in Canada, where her sister-in-law is a permanent resident, living in Winnipeg.

But when they did attempt to cross the border by bus it became clear another difficult journey was ahead.

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They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada.

FROM VOX.COM

They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada.

Waist-deep in snow, in remote locations close to the border, migrants have been braving sub-zero temperatures and the danger of being stopped by border patrol agents to find the American dream — in Canada.

Compared to February 2016, the number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally has tripled this year, according to figures obtained by the Washington Post. The trend has been growing rapidly since the United States’ election in November. Reports suggest hundreds of refugees living in the United States have already fled north, hoping to take asylum in Canada — and border patrol only expect the numbers to increase as the weather improves.

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加難民申請通過率高 引更多人越境美加邊境

FROM EPOCHTIMES.COM

【大紀元2017年03月07日訊】(大紀元記者季薇多倫多編譯報導)穿越三大洲,還是要到加拿大申請難民,這是現代版的遷徙故事。

來自加納、在加國申請難民的穆罕默德(Mohammed),不願意向CTV透露他的姓氏。去年秋天,他在曼尼托巴省的艾默生-富蘭克林附近,徒步偷越美加邊境,進入加拿大

在此之前,他從非洲飛往巴西,然後前往厄瓜多爾。穆罕默德回憶到,他又花了三個月時間搭乘巴士、船隻,以及步行,最終北上進入聖地亞哥附近的美國境內,他計劃在美國安家,開始新的生活。

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加拿大申請難民身分較易 吸引非法入境者從美國闖加 移民律師辦理難民案件多成功

FROM MINGPAOCANADA.COM

(溫尼辟6日加新社電)移民律師說﹐一些難民甘冒寒冬﹐不畏艱險﹐在美國邊界徒步﹐穿越田野、溝渠﹐潛入加拿大國境﹐也許他們以為﹐在加拿大申請難民身分更容易﹐其實他們的假設沒錯。

律師說﹐一些人在美國申請難民身分﹐美方已拒絕審批﹐他們估計北上加拿大﹐申請難民身分﹐會有更大的成功機會﹐事實也是如此。

溫尼辟移民律師克汗(Bashir Khan)說﹕「我認為﹐(在美國的申請人)﹐沒有透過法律途徑申訴的機會。

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Success rates: Why some refugee claimants may have better odds in Canada

FROM NEWS1130.com

WINNIPEG – Bundled against bone-chilling cold, asylum-seekers hoping to gain refugee status in Canada have been trudging through ditches and fields along the border with the United States.

Many have already had refugee or asylum claims turned down in the U.S. and feel they may have more success in Canada. That assumption, say some immigration lawyers, is correct.

“I think that there is a lack of access to justice (for claimants in the United States),” said Bashir Khan, an immigration lawyer in Winnipeg.

“In most of Canada, you do get … a legal-aid assigned lawyer. You’re not put in immigration detention, so you are able to make long-distance calls to gather evidence that your lawyer may tell you is needed.”

Alastair Clarke, another immigration lawyer in the city, said he has represented people who have been rejected in the United States but are accepted in Canada.

“It happens regularly,” he said.

“In the United States, there’s a much higher rate of detention … and when the individual is detained, it’s much more difficult for them to access counsel. They have limited rights to legal counsel for legal advice, and the counsel who do represent them are often lawyers who don’t specialize in (immigration).”

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Canada Immigration Lawyers: Asylum-Seekers Find More Success Here Than In U.S.

FROM HUFFINGTONPOST.CA

WINNIPEG — Bundled against bone-chilling cold, asylum-seekers hoping to gain refugee status in Canada have been trudging through ditches and fields along the border with the United States.

Many have already had refugee or asylum claims turned down in the U.S. and feel they may have more success in Canada. That assumption, say some immigration lawyers, is correct.

“I think that there is a lack of access to justice (for claimants in the United States),” said Bashir Khan, an immigration lawyer in Winnipeg.

“In most of Canada, you do get … a legal-aid assigned lawyer. You’re not put in immigration detention, so you are able to make long-distance calls to gather evidence that your lawyer may tell you is needed.”

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After the border

FROM WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Immigration experts say there’s no reason to fear ‘back door’ migrants

Concerns that asylum seekers streaming across the border into Canada could represent a security threat to the country might be understandable, but are not valid, says a law professor who has studied the results of refugee claimants.

That stereotype only serves to create racial tension, said Sean Rehaag, associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.

“You need to be very cautious about assertions that particular groups are more of a risk of security or criminality than other groups,” Rehaag said in an interview. “Almost any study suggests that criminality is less of a concern among recent newcomers than the settled population.”

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