Immigration

Number of People Fleeing U.S. for Canada Triples

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

CBC News reported several weeks ago that the number of people fleeing the United States and making their way to Quebec had increased so much that local officials decided to open the former Olympic Stadium in Montreal to house them.

According to the Canadian government, the number of people fleeing the U.S. and seeking asylum in Canada tripled last month. Moreover, it appears an even greater number of people will request asylum this month.

via Reuters:

More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said.

Ninety-six percent of them went to Quebec, where an influx of asylum seekers, primarily Haitians, is sparking a backlash from opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups in the primarily French-speaking province.

In the first 15 days of August, an additional 3,800 asylum seekers were arrested crossing the U.S. border into Quebec, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Superintendent Claude Castonguay.

It's sad to say these people will almost certainly find better lives in Canada where the federal government is not being run by a racist reality TV host and an attorney general straight out of antebellum.

Even if you've been granted asylum in the United States, which these people have, the Trump regime is threatening to take it all away on a whim.

It's imperative that the next session of Congress retake control of immigration policy. We know the current session isn't going to do anything about it.

  • HandleB

    This is an opportunity for Canada to show the US what a welcoming country does when people show up at their borders. No matter how many thousands show up, they will allwill be cared for and granted full citizenship within days or weeks.

    Canada does not have a concept of undocumented immigrants. Every immigrant, whether they applied in advance or come across the border illegally, are given the same rights, privileges, and citizenship path.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Just another example of the destabilizing effect of a dangerous lunatic with power.
    Canadians are gracious and compassionate and we should follow their example.
    We no longer are a world leader.

    • HandleB

      All undocumented immigrants would be wise to leave the US and go to Canada where they will be welcomed and awarded citizenship immediately, as they don’t have a concept of undocumented immigrants or any sort of requirements for immigration.

  • muselet

    On behalf of sane Americans, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt apology to Canada.

    The United States has dragged you into an uncomfortable and untenable position, and we apollogize. We would like to assure you, the good and decent people of Canada, that we are working as hard as we can to deal with the root cause of the chaos and commotion you are currently having to deal with.

    Please be patient.

    –alopecia

    • HandleB

      Canada welcomes all immigrants and does not have a concept of undocumented immigrants. All immigrants, no matter how they arrived, are placed on a path to citizenship and they don’t ever deport anyone that is not a repeat, violent criminal. And, even then, it must be either rape, murder, attempted murder, or child abuse. Everyone else is welcomed.

      • muselet

        Well, sorta. It’s more complicated than that, but that is a fair first-order approximation.

        Overall, Canada is much smarter about immigration than we are.

        –alopecia

        • HandleB

          A viable solution would be for all US undocumented people to go to Canada. That would solve the US’ problem and Canada would welcome it.

          Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy

          https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/opinion/canada-immigration-policy-trump.html

          • muselet

            It’s a solution. Viable, not so much.

            It would devastate swaths of the US economhy—agriculture and the hospitality industry, to give but two examples—and a (relatively) sudden influx of that many people would overwhelm Canadian resources. The two economies would probably not crash, exactly, but the economic consequences would be unpleasant at best.

            –alopecia

          • HandleB

            They could relocate over 12-20 years, not including children, to allow both to adjust.

            So far, Canada has been handing the increased influx with very little difficulty and haven’t complained.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Meanwhile, in other corners of the internet, I have been informed that the neo-Nazis and the KKK are actually leftist groups.

    In explanation for their apparent support for Heir Donald, I have been informed that they were tricked into thinking Dear Leader was a racist by the liberal media.

    Thus we have the alt-right converted into the alt-left, fighting with other members of the left after having been duped by other liberals. The party ideology of Personal Responsibility strikes again.

    • ninjaf

      Teh Stupid™, it burns.

    • Draxiar

      Cirque du Soleil can only wish to have acrobatic talent like that!