In order for someone to be called a refugee in Canada, they must prove they are in danger in their home country, “that you’re someone with a well-founded fear of persecution in your country, based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.” said Melissa Anderson. who speaks for the IRB.

Born in New York, Canty has lived in six different states before arriving in Canada, a country he says he’s never been to before.

He told the IRB that in every state he resided, police have harassed him and targeted him because of his race.

As part of evidence submitted to the board, Canty edited together multiple point-of-view videos of his interaction with police, including one where he was arrested for trespass in Salem, Oregon, when he spent two hours talking on the phone and using free Wi-Fi at a bus station.

“I got bothered because I’m black,” he said. “This is a history of false arrest. My name is ruined because of the false arrest.”

The CBC reports that Canty, currently living in a Canadian homeless shelter, has several outstanding warrants in the U.S. for jaywalking, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He say he would like to own a photography business and teach martial arts. Although he was told that he presented his case quite expertly, the odds are against him. Canada only allows 10 U.S. citizens to claim refugee status each year.
Does Canty have a point, or is he just finding a creative way to escape the U.S.? 

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