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Javier Garrido Martinez holds his four-year-old son during a news conference in New York on July 11, 2018. The pair were reunited after being separated for almost two months when authorities stopped them at the U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

The disgrace of detaining asylum seekers and other migrants

The U.S. immigration detention system under Donald Trump is abusive, racist, sexist and haphazardly implemented, all designed to terrorize people attempting to exercise their right to seek asylum.
Children protest in Los Angeles outside a court hearing where immigrant-rights advocates asked a judge to order the release of parents separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

I’ve seen the lasting emotional damage to detained children

U.S. President Donald Trump may believe he's contained the political damage of his policy to separate migrant children from their parents. But the psychological damage to children has only just begun.
In this April 2018 photo, siblings from El Salvador huddle together on a soccer field in Mexico. awaiting temporary transit visas that would allow them to continue to the U.S. border, where they hoped to request asylum. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Our moral obligation to Central American migrants

Immigration turmoil in the U.S. means Canada must craft its own migration management plans -- to help Central Americans fleeing misery in their homelands, some of it with Canadian involvement.
A group of asylum seekers arrive at the temporary housing facilities at the border crossing Wednesday May 9, 2018 in St. Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec. Thousands of asylum seekers came into Canada illegally across the Canada-U.S. border in the first quarter of the year, but only a fraction were removed from the country during that time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

U.S.-Canada agreement on refugees is now unconstitutional

The Safe Third Country Agreement between the United States and Canada was originally intended to deal with refugees seeking asylum. But recent U.S. developments mean the agreement's days are numbered
Many women in this caravan of Central American migrants said they were fleeing physical and sexual violence. The Trump administration has overridden an Obama-era ruling that domestic abuse may be grounds for asylum. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Do abused women need asylum? 4 essential reads

Countries have some flexibility in interpreting UN agreements on refugee rights. But Sessions' decision that abused women don't qualify for asylum in the US is an extraordinarily severe ruling.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to local residents at a public barbecue ahead of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Justin Trudeau’s narcissism reveals Canada’s divisions

Justin Trudeau's pattern of bizarre behaviour is coming into focus, previously obscured by his progressive politics and human rights activism at home and abroad.

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