American man seeks refugee status in Canada due to racial issues in US

American Man Seeks Refugee Status In Canada Due To Racial Issues In U.S.



American Kyle Canty has petitioned for Canada to accept him as a refugee due to the discrimination he says he experiences as a black man, especially from police, in the U.S.

In an interview with the CBC, he explains his decision, saying, "The United States of America is corrupt. They're consistently killing black people."

He then brings up accounts of racial disparities, and police brutality and harassment.

Canty allegedly had two encounters with police in Oregon before he entered Canada in September and subsequently sought status as a refugee.

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During one, he recounts how the police arrested him for trespassing at a bus station when he was simply using the phone and Wi-Fi; during the other, he says police stopped when they saw him, explaining they thought he had flagged them when he had not.

These stories and other pieces of evidence were submitted to Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board as part of his application which one official has noted was "well-prepared."

During his appearance in front of the board, he said, "Ninety-nine per cent of the time the cops in the United States don't have probable cause to make the arrest in the first place ... We are dealing with illegal search and seizure."

If Canty's petition is denied, he would likely have to re-enter the U.S. where he would face warrants for mostly minor crimes.

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