Friday, October 30, 2015

Black US citizen seeks refugee status in Canada on account of his race


Mark Hansen of the ABA Journal reports on an interesting asylum case in Canada.

A U.S. citizen is seeking asylum in Canada because he says he’s afraid of being killed by police in this country because he is black.  Kyle Lydell Canty argued his case at an Oct. 23 hearing before Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.

“I’m in fear of my life because I’m black,” Canty told IRB member Ron Yamauchi. “This is a well-founded fear.”

Canty, who crossed the Canadian border in early September, argued that black people in the U.S. are “being exterminated at an alarming rate.”  He cited the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police in New York City last year. .

Canty, who was born in New York, has lived in six different states. He said police have harassedhim for being black in every place he has lived.


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