Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other liberals can’t afford to fulfill their promises regarding Canadian immigration policy.
Maybe recent news about Canadian immigration policy will raise the question why the United States alone of all nations is not permitted to control its borders and enforce its immigration laws. It turns out that, despite posing as the antithesis of Donald Trump, officials are suddenly admitting that Canadian immigration policy is not going to be so open after all.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Canada Says It’s No Safe Haven for Immigrants Losing U.S. Protection.”
That message marks a shift for Canada, which has emphasized its friendliness toward immigrants as the Trump administration has moved to tighten U.S. borders. When the U.S. launched its ban on travelers from some Muslim-majority countries in January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a message on his Twitter account: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.”
Since mid-July, however, Canada has faced an unprecedented influx from the U.S. of some 7,000 asylum seekers, in large part Haitians who feared deportation once their U.S. temporary protection expires. Many of them were among the estimated 58,000 in the U.S. under a humanitarian program that allowed them to stay as the Caribbean island rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 2010. The Trump administration has signaled it won’t renew the protections once a six-month extension runs out in January.
Now Ottawa is rushing to clarify its own rules: namely, that those who arrive in Canada can be deported back to their country of origin, not just returned to the U.S. Furthermore, if they have been denied asylum in the U.S., they are unlikely to receive it in Canada.
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