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Seidu Mohammed smiles after receiving his refugee claim acceptance letter in Winnipeg in May 2017. The Ghanian man lost his fingers to frostbite after crossing the Canada-U.S. border at an irregular spot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The deadly consequences of proposed Canadian asylum restrictions

Tightening Canada's borders won’t deter asylum seekers. The proposed restrictions will only make refugees’ journeys more dangerous.
Scott Morrison’s claim that Operation Sovereign Borders is the country’s great national security achievement overlooks all that has been achieved in a complex area. AAP/Lukas Coch

National security is too important to be abandoned to the politics of fear

Too often, politicians use matters of national security for nakedly political advantage. It's a dangerous ploy, and it's time it stopped.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Coalition MPs described Labor as weak on borders after the opposition and the crossbench voted to pass a bill allowing medical transfers from Manus and Nauru. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims

A refugee law expert on a week of ‘reckless’ rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims. The Conversation44 MB (download)
Today on Trust Me, I'm An Expert, a refugee legal expert busts myths about how proposed medical transfer rules would work, and described some of this week's border security rhetoric as 'reckless'.
Wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico, in 2016. AP/Christian Torres

Immigration: How ancient Rome dealt with the Barbarians at the gate

As Congress and President Trump struggle to devise a coherent immigration policy along the US southern border, there are lessons from ancient history that could prove instructive.
Scott Morrison signals he might reopen the Christmas Island detention centre, closed in October 2018. AAP

Morrison may reopen the Christmas Island detention centre

Morrison told a news conference cabinet's national security committee had met early Tuesday to discuss the contingency planning already in train in anticipation of the bill's passage.
Migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the Libyan town of Gohneima, east of the capital Tripoli, in July 2018. Libyan Coast Guard via AP, File

Europe’s refugee crisis explains why border walls don’t stop migration

After 1.3 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa came to Europe in 2015, many countries built fences or closed their ports. That has pushed migrants to take riskier routes into the EU.
In a counter attack against the Coalition, which is running hard on the ALP being soft on borders, Shorten accused the government of “telling lies about Labor” and thereby “doing the dirty work of the people smugglers.” Lukas Coch/AAP

Shorten pledges $500 million for UNHCR in border protection policy

He said the $500 million would directly improve orderly regional processing and resettlement in the region and countries closer to where refugees originally come from.
Lucy Francineth Granados, a Montréal community organizer advocating for the rights of undocumented workers was forcibly and violently arrested at her home by the Canadian Border Security Agency on March 20, 2018. Community protests like this one on March 23 sprang up all over the city. (Ion Extebarria)

American-style deportation is happening in Canada

What kind of a country is Canada? One which truly welcomes and respects immigrants and their lives and safety? Or one which just says it does but brutally detains and deports them?
Texas National Guard soldiers aid stranded residents in Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in 2017. Reuters/Texas Military Department

Remind us: What exactly is the National Guard?

President Trump proposes to send the National Guard to protect the southern US border. Instead of searching for your old civics textbook, here's a pocket history of the soldiers in the spotlight.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer hands documents to a woman entering the U.S. from Mexico. Brad Doherty/AP Photo

Rewriting NAFTA has serious implications beyond just trade

President Trump wants to renegotiate or eliminate NAFTA because of its impact on U.S. trade, but the accord is also a cornerstone of continental cooperation on security issues as well.
What if even you didn’t know your own password? Password via shutterstock.com

Why we should not know our own passwords

As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?

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