It was last August when Twitchy noted that Canada had dispatched troops to a known illegal border crossing from the United States — not so that those troops could secure the border, but so they could set up tents, electricity, portable toilets, shuttle buses, luggage trucks, and more to accommodate thousands streaming across the border at a dead-end road that had become a well-publicized entry point into Quebec.
Why was Canada seeing so much “irregular migration” (Justin Trudeau’s term, not ours) from the U.S.? Well, first of all, it’s important to enter Canada illegally; otherwise, those claiming refugee status will be sent back and be expected to apply for asylum in the United States.
Second, Canada tried and failed to get out the word in U.S. refugee communities that “it’s not true that Canada is wide open” and that crossing the border was “a free pass.”
So if Canada dispatched Mounties and troops to assist refugees with their luggage at the border while Trudeau called for more, it’s whose fault refugees have overwhelmed Canada’s system?
— The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2018
Hey, as we recall, Trump’s immigration policy out of the gate was to enforce a travel ban from certain countries, to which Trudeau responded:
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
Persecution, terror, war, and Trump, thank you very much.
Welcome to Canada, indeed. The Hill reports:
More than 20,000 people, many fearing that Trump would deport them, crossed the border into Canada in search of asylum in 2017, Reuters reported. The migration wave does not seem to be abating in 2018, with over 1,500 asylum seekers crossing the border in January.
The heavy influx of immigrants has overwhelmed Canada’s asylum system and caused some of the worst delays in recent years.
All refugee claims are supposed to be processed within 60 days, but in December 2017, 86 percent of hearings didn’t happen when they were supposed to.
According to Reuters, aid agencies are also having difficulty finding accommodations for the migrants.
In November, Toronto spent about $20 million to house refugees in hotel rooms through the end of 2018, according to city documents obtained by Reuters.
Hmm … sounds like Canada managed to overwhelm its own refugee system by setting out Trudeau’s welcome mat more than a year ago.
Did Canada’s immigration policy have any impact on Canada’s refuge system? Maybe a little…. ? https://t.co/R31xGs0QdF
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) March 20, 2018
— The One & Only One, It Is Me??♊???? (@Dangdurnit) March 20, 2018
No. Canada’s immigration policies have done this … https://t.co/pZGH3Xr11o
— Sam 'The?FOO' Janney (@PolitiBunny) March 19, 2018
What that story says is:
(1) US (appears to be) cracking down on illegal immigrants.
(2) Those in the US illegally appeal to Canada for refugee status.
(3) Canada says, "Whoa, that's too many refugees. Also, you're not actually refugees."
(4) US says, "Uh, no duh."
— AgainstTrumpDude (@TheAmishDude) March 19, 2018
Well, many are “temporary” refugees from, say, Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. The Trump administration announced last fall it would be extending that program once more, to July 2019.
— Jason Kost (@KostJason) March 19, 2018
they could always just accept more immigrants https://t.co/bvzju42Igu
— ALL CAPS BOSS (@turrible_tao) March 19, 2018
Overwhelm a refugee system? Impossible. There's no limit to the number of refugees a country can take in. The more the merrier. https://t.co/gqjPoCtpUb
— Anarchohindu (@anarchohindu) March 20, 2018
Are you saying open borders are not wonderful? What about diversity being strength? https://t.co/lkrQtWpX6K
— Steve (@eighteenrings) March 20, 2018
Here's an idea, create your own stricter immigration policy. https://t.co/26DIjc7qgd
— Rocky Mountain Red (@RockyMtRed) March 19, 2018
It could happen.
Haitians streaming into Canada from US could face deportation there as well https://t.co/mHBeF9H8wS
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 6, 2017