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We must resist the shifting tide on refugee policy

By Justin Mohammed      

The government that once welcomed 25,000-plus Syrian refugees is now seeking to curtail the number of people seeking refugee protection by crossing the border between official entry points. Surely our compassion does not end at the Canada-U.S. border.

Border Security Minister Bill Blair has sought to reopen negotiations on the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Alan Kurdi. In case this name has escaped from memory over the past few years, surely the image has not; he was the “boy on the beach,” a Syrian child of only three years whose life was cut short by his cruel drowning in the Aegean Sea while trying to reach safety. Indeed, it was this tragic death that focused the world’s attention on the plight of Syrian refugees.

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