With as many as 400 illegal immigrants a day pouring across its 5,525 mile border with the U.S., some in Canada are starting to discuss building structures on their southern border to stanch the enormous surge of asylum seekers leaving the U.S.
Many lay the exponential growth in Canada’s illegal border crossings squarely on the lap of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who during the first few weeks of the Trump Administration’s initial actions to crack down in illegal immigration, boldly demonstrated to the world just how “woke” he was by tweeting:
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada”
The open invitation from Trudeau, coupled with the ending of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians and some Central Americans, sparked a surge northward unlike anything Canada has experienced in recent history. And the vast majority of the illegal arrivals – 96 percent – are crossing into the majority-French speaking province of Quebec from upstate New York.
Prior to the infamous tweet, immigration was already a hot-button issue in French Canada which has long regarded mass immigration as a potential threat to its French speaking majority and unique cultural heritage. Similar sentiments are now being aired in the neighboring province of Ontario, where the Liberal government has declared the province has “run out of room” for immigrants.
Embracing the long held belief that “good fences make good neighbors,” the Parti Quebecois recently proposed the construction of fencing along long segments of the border it shares with New York, in an attempt to stem the continued influx of asylum seekers.