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A black US citizen who sought refugee status in Canada, claiming he was afraid of police violence against black people, has returned to the US since his application was rejected in December.

Kyle Lydell Canty said he crossed the border into British Columbia in early September to visit and take photos, but two days later, decided to stay and apply for refugee status.

At an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in October, where he represented himself, Canty argued that black people are "being exterminated at an alarming rate" in the US, and presented exhibits meant to demonstrate the human rights conditions in his home country, including videos of his own and others' experiences of being harassed by cops, various news reports, and the handbook from the UN refugee agency UNHCR on determining refugee status.

"I then presented evidence specifically dealing with me, such as documents dealing with false arrests, no probable cause, evidence of extortion on behalf of the police departments and courts," he told VICE News in October.

But the IRB has found Canty doesn't have a well-founded fear of persecution under UN grounds — race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion — in the US. The board's Ron Yamauchi wrote in his decision that Canty's deportation back to the US wouldn't "subject him personally to a risk to his life or to a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment," and that there were no substantial grounds to believe he'd be subjected to torture.

Canty, who alleges that he's been harassed by police in each of the six states he's lived in, faces charges including jaywalking, trespassing, threats and intimidation, and disorderly conduct in the US. He denies being guilty of any of them.

While Yamauchi did find Canty credible, he wrote the self-shot videos Canty provided of his interactions with American police did "raise a question about his subjective fear," which is a requirement of a positive refugee determination under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

"On these clips the claimant is interacting with police officers, addressing them with comments such as 'You guys are just ridiculous' and 'You're dumb,'" he wrote. "His demeanor, in these videos, is not redolent of intimidation."

Having said that, Yamauchi believed Canty was "clearly addressing an unseen viewer," and that he was was acting boldly "partly for reasons of performance." He did find Canty to have a genuine fear of returning to the US.

Yamauchi mentioned evidence presented by Canty on racial profiling in the US and the criminal justice system's treatment of minorities, and acknowledged there was a risk Canty could be stopped and questioned by police because he is black.

However, he wrote that Canty's own experiences hadn't resulted in assault, extensive detention, or lack of due process. Considering the examples Canty submitted about police abuse faced by others, Yamauchi also found "victim precipitation" was a recurring factor and that there wasn't a lot of evidence of victims who had followed police instructions.

Yamauchi also wrote that harassment and discrimination don't merit refugee protection unless "they're serious or systematic enough to be characterized as persecution," which is serious harm, or an interference with a basic human right. Being subjected to laws and being arrested without injury or brutality is not persecution, he wrote.

In an email this week, Canty claimed he was thrown in jail for trying to move to Ottawa without informing the proper authorities, which he says he did. VICE News could not independently confirm this claim.

"All of this is political and has nothing to do with refugee law," he wrote.

"I was planning on appealing the case until I found out what was really going on with the Canadian government (Syria) everything is not what it seems lol," he said, adding that he will try the process again in three years. "This time I will pick America's Enemies, I still hate America just like I wrote and said."


https://news.vice.com/article/canada-denies-refugee-status-to-black-man-who-said-he-was-fleeing-us-police-brutality

Tries to play the race card to get into Canada and fails..

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Posted 1/11/16
blame canada?
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He's like 80 years late.

Most black people fled the US for Canada way back then. You can't expect the same accommodations if you're almost a century late yo.
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lol

To claim that you're a refugee seeking asylum, you have to show that you're being oppressed, not merely discriminated against. This means usually already having experienced persecution and legitimately fearing for your life all the time since the government agents (or parties affiliated with them) are brutalizing you.
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The man should have known better. Canada hasn't granted refugee or asylum to any Americans after the whole Vietnam War fiasco when Americans were running to Canada to avoid the draft.

Idiot.
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I realize there's a problem with cop brutality but.....come on now. I"m sure most police are not out openly hunting for African Americans...
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Thats cool
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Werina wrote:
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Tinamarie101 wrote:

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That's warm?
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Werina wrote:
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Tinamarie101 wrote:

Thats cool


That's warm?


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For the amount that refugees in Canada are being paid every month, might as well give it a shot. It's pretty sad to think that most refugees in Canada right now are getting paid more than most Canadians right now.

Fucking brilliant, I love equality even though there always has to be someone who needs it more than you. We bring you into our country, we give you an amazing salary for food allowance, almost over $5000 a month when it comes to situating yourself for living expenses.

I tell ya boy, living in the world today, might as well make ourselves refugees
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Just a thought, but you shouldn't be worried about police brutality unless you're doing something illegal, am I wrong?
Posted 1/11/16
I applied for a job in Canada once. My application was declined because my Norwegian wasn't good enough. My English was fine, though...

It's missing a bit of context, but it's a true story, I swear.
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YayForKittens wrote:

Just a thought, but you shouldn't be worried about police brutality unless you're doing something illegal, am I wrong?


If only it were that simple. Police are people just like you and I, they are a sample of the population which means that there are pieces of garbage in this instituation just like anywhere else.

I myself have experienced issues where I was suspected just because of my color, however after speaking with them the majority of the time I have been able to talk my way out of issues.

Then again, I have never been in areas (such as certain parts of the south sadly) where racism is heavily prevelant.



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Now if the American government would just tell the Black Lives Matter morons and average Leftists that they are full of shit........
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