‘If there were no serious consequences, our country would be overrun with people trying to get in, and our system could not handle it!’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) As America started enforcing immigration laws more strictly in 2017, illegal aliens have fled northward and seek asylum in Canada.
Record numbers of refugees have poured across the U.S.-Canadian border in the past two years, prompting the leader of the center-left, nationalist Parti to propose constructing a border wall along between the two nations, Global News reported.
Jean-François Lisée said Canada should build a fence along the Quebec–New York border, at the Roxham Road in Hemmingford, by the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle crossing, where many refugees have crossed with American assistance.
Lisée quipped that “the Mexicans” would pay for it.
Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel said 6,000 asylum-seekers have crossed into Canada from the U.S. this year, up from about 2,000 last year.
Overall in 2017, about 25,000 immigrants sought asylum in Quebec.
That’s up 700 percent from previous years’ trends, Global News reported.
Those numbers could surge even more this year, as the Quebec government projected that it will receive 400 asylum-seekers per day during the summer.
The influx in legal and illegal immigration has caused Canadians, who historically support open immigration policies, to become wary of the Liberal Party’s policies.
A poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that 67 percent of Canadians described the immigration situation as a “crisis,” and 65 percent said Canada is accepting more people than the country can handle.
Some blame the northward movement of illegal immigration on the difference in tone between the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of the Liberal Party, and U.S. President Donald Trump.
After Trump took office, Trudeau signaled his administration’s soft-on-crime policies.
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
As recently as yesterday, Trump tweeted that his administration would not invite immigrants who break the law.
I am sorry to have to reiterate that there are serious and unpleasant consequences to crossing the Border into the United States ILLEGALLY! If there were no serious consequences, our country would be overrun with people trying to get in, and our system could not handle it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
Whatever the reason, the wave of legal and illegal immigration into Canada has become too much for their system to bear.
Toronto Mayor John Tory, of the Progressive Conservative Party, declared in June the city has run out of places to put asylum seekers, The Globe and Mail reported.
About 3,000 immigrants reside in the city, filling about half of the city’s public accommodations and forcing many immigrants to live in college dormitories.
The Canadian federal government has provided $11 million in assistance so that Toronto can support the wave of immigrants.