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The New Underground Railroad: Immigrants fleeing the U.S. for Canada

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#thankyou ABC News for including Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council – Welcome Place in this very informative video. Our Executive Director, Rita Chahal, talks about the process refugee claimants goes through once they are in Manitoba. News Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/underground-railroad-immigrants-fleeing-us-canada-46138080

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Here’s how Canadian taxpayers and private agencies help asylum seekers

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Asylum seekers walking across an international border — such as those who have recently entered Canada from the United States — often find themselves living in poverty. But many say the safety, security and opportunities they find in this country are something they could only dream of in the homes they’re fleeing. The …

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Some asylum seekers won’t face deportation

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OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday crossing the border illegally is not a “free ticket” into Canada; however, it may be a long-term pass for those coming from a number of war-torn countries, including Somalia. Canada currently has a moratorium on deporting anyone to 12 countries and …

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Why Canada’s status quo at the border can’t last

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Freedom House sits a few blocks away from the border-spanning Ambassador Bridge’s landing in Detroit. It’s a stately, three-storey brick house with transitional shelter beds and offices. On one side of its arched doorway is a wooden wheelchair ramp; on the other, a white post proclaiming “may peace prevail on …

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Canada says most border-crossing asylum seekers were in U.S. legally

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Most of the people crossing the U.S. border into Canada to claim asylum had been in the United States legally, and Canada is sharing their information with U.S. authorities to help understand the phenomenon, a top official said on Friday. Several hundred asylum seekers, mainly from Africa …

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Asylum seekers, border issues top agenda in Kelly meeting

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The issue of asylum seekers illegally crossing the Canada-US border topped the agenda as Canadian officials met with the US Homeland Security chief. Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said after the Ottawa meeting more “hard facts” need to be gathered before a full response is developed. Mr Goodale also …