Right around the time that activists were gathering at JFK International Airport to protest President Trump’s travel ban going into effect in January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was doing some virtue signaling on Twitter with a #WelcomeToCanada hashtag addressed to all those fleeing persecution, terror, and war, regardless of your faith.
As it turns out, quite a large number of illegals in the U.S., fearing an enforcement crackdown under the new administration, began to stream across the border into Canada, catching small border towns off guard.
The CBC issued a rather confusingly worded tweet Saturday, but in short, the United States has declared Haiti safe enough that refugees may now return, and the temporary protection status granted them expires this January.
Canada's immigration minister says asylum seekers crossing into Canada should apply in US. Says it's a safe country. https://t.co/Uhduif1D90
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) August 4, 2017
However, thousands of Haitians are streaming into Canada in hopes of finding asylum there. However, as the CBC notes, “Canada’s own program granting Haitian nationals temporary refuge here after the earthquake has already ended, after it was extended twice by the Trudeau government.” The last extension came to an end a year ago.
Serge Bouchereau, who helped establish an advocacy group for Haitians, noted that Montreal has a large Haitian community of around 120,000 and a reputation for welcoming refugees. “Knowing Canada is a land of welcome, the word going around is that it’s open to Haitians,” he said.
However, a poll taken in March showed that nearly half of Canadians thought refugees crossing into Canada illegally from the United States should be sent back to the U.S. So, how are citizens feeling lately? Should Haitian refugees head north, or apply for status in the U.S.?
"Should"? Without hard border security saying "should" is just more useless hot air from Liberals while Cdns bear the cost & social burdens.
— BernieS (@Druid999S) August 4, 2017
ooh "should", how about "must" or be immediately deported
— Jacqueline (@Jacinallhonesty) August 4, 2017
It's not about safe – it's about dumb. Canada's loose borders & lax laws attract liberal voters. Govt is ok with that.
— Deplorable Respondix (@respondix) August 4, 2017
— #Women4Trump #USA 🇺🇸 (@AzDeplorable) August 4, 2017
— VictoriaL59 (@Victoria59L) August 5, 2017
Refugees rules are to get to the first safe country
Not pick and choose
You want to imigrate
Apply and wait
— Kevin Doucette (@cdnrdnk) August 4, 2017
Haiti is a safe country. These migrants are criminals trying to gain access & skip the immigration processes. Deport them ALL IMMEDIATELY! pic.twitter.com/sKqA4j7obY
— AllHumansMatter (@MFenceL) August 4, 2017
This is unbelievable and needs to be quashed immediately by Federal govt. Get tweeting @JustinTrudeau & let them know the doors are closed.
— Melanie Middlebro (@MelMiddlebro) August 5, 2017
How about we just start tuning them back at the crossing and not let them in?
— eagleeye (@EagleeyeJbp) August 4, 2017
He should have announced when they first started coming into Manitoba in spring! Bit late now.
— YAnthony (@y_not_anthony) August 4, 2017
Then why are there videos of RCMP waving them/directing them in.
— Gamora 🐀 (@starlordDFS) August 4, 2017
Watch out for that puddle there…may I help you with your suitcase?
— YukonCornelius (@sadiestewart71) August 4, 2017
Quick … someone send Jim Acosta to Canada so he can ask if Canada’s policy on Haitian refugees violates the spirit of Justin Trudeau’s tweet.
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Those refugees Justin Trudeau was anxious to welcome to Canada are eating up border town's budget https://t.co/lMcYvqzy0a
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 6, 2017