A dramatic spike in refugee claims at the Canadian Border has caught Canadian Immigration officials completely off guard. With the Canadian Prime Minister telling millions of illegal immigrants from the United States that they are “welcome in Canada”, things could get a lot worse.
There are media reports of hasty re-assignments of Border Protection Agents as hundreds of migrants , many of them phony refugee claimants, flow across the border daily.
It’s all because of a loophole in the Safe Third Country agreement between Canada and the U.S. The deal is aimed at refugee claimants already in one country from making a refugee claim in the other. It’s based on the principal that if you a true “refugee” you shouldn’t be “shopping countries”. So a “refugee” showing up at either border crossing is sent back to be processed by the host country.
But there’s a loophole in the law. The Agreement only cites instances where claimants show up at an official border crossings. If they illegally sneak across the border at an area unprotected, they must be given all the rights the Canadian Supreme Court has proscribed for them. Free welfare, accommodation, free medical care (a privilege which many Canadian citizens do not enjoy), free legal assistance, etc. So, once again, those who break the law are rewarded while those who adhere to the law are punished.
Refugee advocates are calling on the law to be dropped altogether, which is total nonsense. They disengenuously claim that people who risk crossing the border at unofficial locations are in danger. While it is true that a couple of Africans suffered some frost bite, this is hardly a unique occurance in a Canadian winter. I suspect there were thousands of cases of Canadian citizens suffering frostbite this winter. What laws could be change to avoid that?
The law must be changed immediately to close the loophole and apply to all refugee claimants at any point of the Canada/U.S. border.
With an estimated 14million illegal aliens in the U.S., it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict what’s going to happen when President Trump begins his crackdown. But our Liberal PM and his incompetent Minister of Immigration is completely unprepared. Instead of announcing plans to deal with the looming crisis, they timidly say they are “monitoring” the situation. Well the Old Ruminator is also “monitoring” the situation, but that doesn’t accomplish a hell of a lot.
Time for another prediction from the Old Ruminator. I’m batting 1000 on these, but I hope I’m wrong on this one. I am predicting a major crisis at the Canadian borders beginning around the first day of Spring, when things start to warm up across the 4000 mile unprotected border with the U.S.