Canadian PM Trudeau Faces Political Pressure
Canadian PM Trudeau is facing growing political pressure to deal with the steady stream of asylum seekers crossing the border. The asylum seekers are facing freezing temperatures, fields of waist-deep snow and icy ditches in order to cross from the US into Canada by foot. Recently a growing number of people entering Canada, at remote, unguarded locations along the US border. have been seen.
Canadian PM Trudeau Must Deal with Migrants
Many of the asylum seekers are desperate to flee Trump’s crackdown on immigration. Those seekers are attempting to skirt a longstanding pact that bars most refugee claimants in the US from applying for asylum in Canada. Observers in Manitoba have reported they know of 139 refugees, including children, who have made the difficult and dangerous crossing since the beginning of 2017. Other groups in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario also report a rise in irregular crossings.
Observers claim that some asylum seekers haul suitcases, for hours, across frozen fields while others get out of taxis just a short distance from the Quebec border. Many of the asylum seekers are from Somalia, Ghana, and Djibouti. They say their actions are driven by fears of what a Trump presidency could mean for refugees in the US.
Trudeau said the government would not seek to stem irregular migration along the US border. He said, “One of the reasons why Canada remains an open country is Canadians trust our immigration system and the integrity of our borders and the help we provide people who are looking for safety.” He told parliament, “We will continue to strike that balance between a rigorous system and accepting people who need help.”