EATING CROW: Canada Follows Trump and Won’t Allow Salvadoran Immigrants
Justin Trudeau seems to have a new idol: President Donald Trump.
It began back in Aug of 2017.
Justin Trudeau has sought to temper the notion that Canada is a guaranteed safe haven for those fleeing the threat of deportation in the United States, as his government faces criticism that its refugee-friendly messaging has given “false hope” to the thousands of asylum seekers streaming into Canada from the US.
Since the start of the year, more than 11,300 people have crossed into Canada by foot from the US. The pace has picked up in recent weeks, with as many as 250 people a day – many of them driven by fears of Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants – entering the country at remote, unguarded locations. Doing so allows them to skirt a longstanding pact that bars most refugee claimants in the US from applying for asylum in Canada.
Things got difficult quickly, as people hiding out in the United States flooded into Canada back in Aug. And it didn’t let up.
So now as the United States continues to crack down on illegals in our country, Trudeau is forced to take a tougher stance yet again. This time the group targeted are Salvadorans:
As the Washington Post reported,
When the Trump administration banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries a year ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out an unambiguous tweet about Canada’s stance on refugees and asylum seekers.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength,” Trudeau wrote Jan. 28.
But when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it was withdrawing temporary protected status, or TPS, for 200,000 Salvadorans, giving them 18 months to sort out their immigration status permanently or face deportation, the reaction from the Canadian government was more muted.
I love how common-sense immigration reform where countries honor their borders is suddenly so in vogue.
Trudeau ran on an “open borders” platform, because he didn’t have nearly the problem America has. But now he has changed his tune.
The article continues,
Fearing an influx of newcomers crossing “irregularly” into Canada from the United States, the Canadian government has embarked on an information campaign to discourage Salvadorans from trekking north, as thousands of Haitians did when threatened with a loss of protected status last summer.
The government announced that it was planning to send Pablo Rodriguez, a Spanish-speaking member of Parliament, to California in the coming days to speak to community groups, lawyers and Spanish-language media. His message is simple: If you don’t qualify for refugee or asylum status, don’t try to cross into Canada.
“Canada has a robust and structured immigration system that must be respected,” Argentina-born Rodriguez told La Presse newspaper in a French-language interview. “Before leaving your job, pulling your child from school and selling your house to come to Canada, make sure you understand the rules and the laws. Because if you don’t fill these criteria, chances are you’ll be returned, not to the U.S. but to your native country.”
So now suddenly Canada’s Trudeau wants the country’s immigration laws to be respected?