Immigration policy has been a hot topic lately. Our President insists Mexico will fund his border project, despite much evidence to the contrary. With all this talk of a wall on the southern border, it’s surprising to learn there is another migrant crisis; people fleeing the US across the NORTHERN boundary.
According to a report by the BBC, the Canadian government is working to deal with an influx of refugees entering from the U.S. Due to Trump’s announcement in May that the U.S. would no longer offer protection to refugees from Haiti, many people who fled the 2010 earthquake are now looking for asylum in Quebec.
This comes only a week after Montreal converted their Olympic Stadium into a temporary shelter for people fleeing the US.
This new camp will be fitted with heated tents with floors and electricity, to provide some comfort for the refugees while their applications are processed. As of next month, school-aged refugees will have access to French-language classes.
The important thing to note here: THESE ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. They’ve entered against the law, crossing in through the southern border. It would be entirely consistent with Canadian law to deport them.
Yet, instead of building a wall, Canada builds camps.
Now, to be fair, I understand Canadian immigration laws to be quite strict as well. I’ve got friends around the world who couldn’t even get a tourist visa to enter Canada… and Part 2, Division 1 of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection act seems to imply the entire system is arbitrary and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Still, I’m tempted to say something I’ve never said before in my life; in this one case, maybe we could learn something from Canada.