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Following the release of the judgment, the public interest parties involved in the case quickly asked the federal government not to appeal the court decision and to stop returning people to the United States as part of the agreement. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, in force since December 2004, Canada and the United States declare that the other country is safe for refugees and close the door to most refugees at the U.S.-Canada border. Under the agreement, people claiming refugee status must apply in the first country they arrive in, between the United States or Canada, unless they are entitled to an exception. For example, refugee claimants who are citizens of a country other than the United States and who arrive from the United States at the Canada-U.S. land border can only assert their rights in Canada if they fill an exception under the Safe Third Country Agreement. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, which came into effect in 2004, Canada and the United States recognize each other as safe havens for potential refugees to seek refuge. Canadian refugee supporters have strongly opposed the deal, arguing that the U.S. is not always a safe country for people fleeing persecution. The Canadian Council for Refugees strongly opposes the agreement because the United States is not a safe country for all refugees. The CCR also condemns the objective and effect of reducing the number of refugees likely to seek refuge in Canada. . . .