Report: US, Canada Strike Border Deal on Asylum Seekers

The U.S. and Canada have reportedly agreed on a deal that would allow each country to turn back asylum seekers who cross the northern border without authorization.

The deal, reported by The Los Angeles Times, was expected to be announced later Thursday upon President Joe Biden’s arrival in Ottawa for his first official visit to Canada. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday night and address Canada’s Parliament on Friday.

The Times, citing a source granted anonymity in order to discuss the agreement, reported the U.S. hopes the pact will “reduce incentives” to cross the border irregularly. The negotiations, which have been ongoing for several years, were motivated by recent increases in the number of unauthorized border crossings in both directions, the source said.

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