Matthew House stands in solidarity with refugees in need of protection everywhere, irrespective of their race, religion or other distinguishing characteristics.
We believe in the dignity and worth of every human person.
We believe that every person deserves a safe home.
We believe all people have the right to enjoy freedom from fear.
We believe that race, religion and nationality should not stand in the way of inclusion.
We believe that every person deserves to be treated with fairness and justice.
We believe every person has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
We stand with our sisters and brothers in the USA and everywhere who also believe.
In response to the recent Executive Order passed by the Trump administration in the United States, we stand together with our refugee-supporting colleagues across Canada in calling upon the government of Canada to immediately suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement. This agreement was put in place in 2004 which barred would-be asylum seekers who did not have close relatives in Canada (or were not unaccompanied minors) from entering Canada via American borders. Human rights activists at the time fought this bill arguing that even then, there was evidence that asylum seekers in the USA faced grave hardships (eg. risk of long term detention) and other serious risks which therefore deemed it an unsafe country. Given the recent government edicts and the current political climate, the risk to vulnerable asylum seekers is much more evident today. No asylum seeker arriving at our border from the USA should be turned back.
Here are two official statements from Canadian coalitions supporting refugee rights in Canada namely: the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and the Canadian Association of Refugees Lawyers (CARL).
Matthew House concurs with the sentiments and recommendations expressed in each of these statements.