A U.S. citizen has been denied asylum in Vancouver after asking Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board to grant him refugee status because he feared police in his home country would kill him because he’s Black.
Kyle Lydell Canty, 30, crossed into B.C.’s Lower Mainland in early September 2015, telling border agents that he was just visiting, but once in Vancouver he decided to apply to remain as a refugee.
Canty argued that Black people are “being exterminated at an alarming rate” in the U.S. and included examples such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri and the death of Eric Garner in New York City at the hands of police.
“I find that the claimant is not a Convention refugee in that he does not have a well-founded fear of persecution for a Convention ground in the United States of America,” wrote the refugee board’s Ron Yamauchi in his decision.
Last year, the case of Denise Harvey made it all the way to the Federal Court after an appeal by the government. She was convicted in the U.S. of having sex with a 16-year-old boy, but had broken no Canadian laws and was granted asylum because the board agreed her punishment in the U.S. was cruel and unusual. The federal government appealed but was unsuccessful.
Canty has previously said that if he did not get a favourable result he would appeal.
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