This is a follow-up to Walt's post, two weeks ago, about the hundreds of Muslim invaders crossing into Canada through the unguarded borders near Emerson MB and Lacolle QC. This picture of a woman who claims to be Syrian being watched (but not detained) by a Mountie says it all.
The reason why the Gendarme isn't doing anything is that, thanks to a loophole in an agreement with the USA, the cops can't just force the "refugees" to do a right-about-face and go back to the safe country from which they are "fleeing" (and for which most of them already have visas). Nor can they arrest them, even though entering Canada illegally is a crime, because (get this!) they are not yet officially in Canada! Instead, they must take them to the nearest Canadian Border Services office or agent, where they must be allowed to claim asylum. After that it's off to the welfare office for their free food, free houses, and (of course) free legal aid.
If you were an average Canuck, struggling to keep warm in your toque and lumberjack shirt, how would you feel about this? Anecdotal evidence suggests a great many Canucks are supremely pissed off. Reuters commissioned Ipsos-Reid to conduct a survey to find out if the rumours of resentment are true. According to their poll, released today, nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States. A similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin "Hairboy" Trudeau is handling the influx of Muslim migrants.
4 out of 10 respondents said the border-crossers -- most of whom are from the Middle East and north Africa -- could make Canada less safe, underlining the potential political risk for M Trudeau's Liberal government. Junior Trudeau has come under pressure over the flow of illegal migrants. He is questioned about it every time he appears in parliament, from opponents on the left, who want more asylum-seekers to be allowed in, and critics on the right, who say the migrants pose a potential security risk.
According to the poll, conducted between March 8th and 9th, Canadians are just as concerned about illegal immigration as their American neighbours. 48% of responders said they supported "increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally." When asked specifically about the recent border crossings from the USA, the same number said Canada should "send these migrants back to the US." 36% said Canada should "accept these 'migrants'" and let them seek refugee status.
Greg Janzen, the reeve (chief elected official) of Emerson MB, told Reuters, "There are so many people in the world who want to come in and go through the right channels. That’s what’s pissing most people off. These guys are jumping the border."
The ironic thing is that almost all of the illegal migrants interviewed by Reuters in Canada said they had been living legally in the United States and had applied for asylum there, but fled to Canada "for fear of being caught up in President Trump's immigration crackdown." Mr Trump must be laughing long and loud. He can say, rightly, that he didn't deport these poor downtrodden victims of Islamophobia. They left the USA of their own accord! LMAO!
UPDATE 21/3/17: Manitoba had the largest weekend influx of refugees illegally entering the province from the United States so far this year -- a situation that has local officials on edge, with many more expected follow in their footsteps as the weather improves. Video obtained by CTV News shows 29 people walked into the province from neighbouring U.S. states on Saturday and Sunday in a series of groups.