Thousands of Migrants Flee to Canada, Fearing Deportation in the U.S.


Migrants are leaving the U.S. in droves to Canada – almost 150 per day.  The Trump administration’s policies on immigration reform has forced them to get moving.

In the first six months of 2017, almost 5,000 migrants have arrived.  1,000 migrants alone arrived in July.  The sudden surge has Canada scrambling for accommodations.  The government converted a stadium used in the 1976 summer Olympics.  Since schools are closed for the summer, they have also been transformed into temporary refugee centers.

The “Safe Third Country Agreement” allows Canada to turn away refugees at official borders, but it is powerless elsewhere.  Many are using unofficial borders, including dirt roads, to cross over into Canada.

70% of the migrants are from Haiti.  Additionally, there are citizens of Sudan, Turkey, Eritrea, and even the U.S.  The mass number of Haitians comes from victims of the 2010 earthquake who received Temporary Protected Service (TPS) from Barack Obama.

The expiration date of the TPS status was 18 months.  It continued to receive 18-month extensions until May 2017.  Homeland Security began stating that Haitians should prepared to leave the States by 2018.

In January, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted:

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada

This is a classic case of foot in mouth.  Since then, thousands of Haitians arranged for their departure into Canada.  Trudeau essentially tried to win a popularity contest.  Instead, he is now desperate to find infrastructure.

Maybe next time, it would be best to make sure you can handle the heat before you walk into the kitchen, eh?



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