Advocates doubt Trump administration will act to stem flow of migrants across Canada-U.S. border
The crossing of migrants into Canada that has now become a thorny issue on the U.S.’s northern frontier was certainly not on horizon until recently
As the new administration trumpeted its new ironfisted approach toward immigrants and refugees, the public and media attention focused on the wall to be built between the United States and Mexico, as well as the executive orders to keep Muslims out.
The crossing of migrants into Canada that has now become a thorny issue on the U.S.’s northern frontier was certainly not on horizon — not until a surge in the number of asylum-seekers coming through Emerson, Man. and Lacolle, Que., became apparent.
With Ottawa looking for collaboration from Washington to slow down the influx of refugees, American experts wonder how much co-operation Canadians will be getting from the Trump administration.
“I could not imagine in a million years that this would ever happen between the U.S. and Canada. It’s a bit of a joke,” said Catherine Tactaquin, executive director of the California-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
“I can’t imagine the administration would cave in to the pressure from Canada to stop these people from the U.S.”
In February alone, the Mounties intercepted 290 people entering Canada at unguarded parts of the border through Quebec, 90 in Manitoba and 51 in British Columbia.
The skyrocketing land-border refugee claims — 1,700 in the first two months of 2017 vs. a total of 728 over the same period in 2016 — prompted Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to seek help from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who made his first official visit to Ottawa on Friday.