Canada’s PM Bashed Trump On Immigration, But Look What Is Happening Now

The migrant camp is expanded by the military located on the Canadian border on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Thousands of people have crossed over into Canada from an irregular crossing near the Champlain-St. Bernard de Lacolle border in hopes of finding residency in Canada. Among them are Haitians who worry that their Temporary Protected Status in the U.S. could soon end under the Trump administration. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

In January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took too Twitter to criticize President Donald Trump regarding immigration.

As Trump sought to crackdown on illegal immigration and secure the U.S. border, Trudeau said Canada would welcome immigrants with open arms.

Canada is now seeing what this sort of immigration policy can do to a country.

Per Reuters:

The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration’s immigration crackdown head north.

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.

The Canadian government’s ability to house and provide for the immigrants seems to be reaching its limit:

In the first 15 days of August, an additional 3,800 asylum seekers were arrested crossing the U.S. border into Quebec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. More than 1,000 people are living in tents and government facilities at a Lacolle, Quebec border crossing across from upstate New York.

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“It’s not a crisis. It’s a situation that is extraordinary. But it’s well-managed,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters in Lacolle on Thursday.

Canada is struggling to house and provide social assistance for the influx of asylum seekers as its refugee system faces the worst delays in years.

The spokesperson for the Immigration and Refugee Board is calling the situation “clearly unsustainable”:

The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), which is responsible for hearing all asylum claims, has redeployed resources to deal with the Quebec arrivals.

“The IRB had to make adjustments to be in a position to respond to the current situation that is clearly unsustainable,” spokeswoman Anna Pape said in an email.

Canada has launched a campaign to counter misinformation about the country’s refugee policy, which is believed to be one reason for the influx of refugees.

“Asking for asylum in Canada is not a guarantee for permanent residence in Canada, and it’s extremely important we stress that,” immigration ministry spokesman Louis Dumas told reporters.


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