Ever since the election of Donald Trump, media outlets have been reporting about surges in people in the U.S. illegally who have been going to Canada seeking asylum. The Canadian government has been attempting to track rumors that have been fueling so much of what Justin Trudeau has called “irregular migration” to that country, and now the Canadian government has reportedly sent people to the U.S. to attempt to convince would-be asylum seekers not to believe all the rumors — and to stay in the U.S.:
— CBC News (@CBCNews) September 6, 2017
Trudeau is sending envoys to the US to try to dissuade Haitian, Salvadoran and Honduran asylum seekers: https://t.co/W5Z3QzUYUE
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 6, 2017
In other words, Trump ain’t all that bad, folks!
A Liberal MP is heading to Los Angeles this week for a pre-emptive strike against misinformation about Canada’s immigration system circulating in the Spanish-language press that officials worry could inspire a new wave of asylum seekers.
Central Americans have long been thought of as the next population primed to make the journey across the Canada-U.S. border due to major changes on the horizon in U.S. immigration policy. That includes the potential end of temporary protected status for nearly 350,000 Salvadorans and Hondurans, meaning all could face deportation to their home countries.
On Aug. 30, the Spanish-language publication La Prensa reported that the Canadian government was set to welcome Hondurans living in the U.S. with temporary protected status, quoting a community organizer who said he had been contacted by the Canadian Embassy to explore programs.
Except that never happened.
"Asylum surge". What? You've been telling us NO PROBLEMS, everything well managed, all ok. Blah, blah, blah. So things are NOT as good?
— James Porter Bateman (@ItsADeadHeat) September 6, 2017
Well, maybe not.