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Nothing safe about the U.S. for Central American refugees

By Jim Creskey      

Their fear of not receiving a fair and compassionate hearing is getting them to think that El Norte now means Canada. But Canada needs a refugee determination system that works.

Karen Spring's husband, Edwin Espinal, was arrested in Honduras in January after protesting the outcome of the country's recent elections. His case should remind us how bad things really are in our own hemisphere, writes Jim Creskey. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar
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The recent visit of Canadian human rights worker Karen Spring to Ottawa as she attempted to convince Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to go to bat for her imprisoned human rights advocate husband, Edwin Espinal, should remind us how bad things really are in our own hemisphere. Espinal has been locked up in a military prison in Honduras since January for simply protesting the outcome of that country’s controversial election. Others continue to receive death threats for their dissent. Activists

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