The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeals of two U.S. Army deserters who sought refugee status to avoid the war in Iraq, leaving them without a legal basis to stay in Canada and dealing a blow to other Americans in similar circumstances.

Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey deserted the army in 2004 after learning their units were to be deployed to Iraq to fight in a war they have called immoral and illegal. The court refused Thursday to hear their appeals, and, as is usual, did not provide a reason for the decision.