Illegal Immigrants Fleeing US to go to Canada!

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
September 21, 2007 12:40pm CST
That's right. US cities and states have been cracking down on illegal immigrants and we have SLOWLY been forcing our federal government to also crack down on them. We have fought every bill and proposal that has offered them legal status so far. (We must still be vigilant or they will slip one by us if we are not careful.) Here in AZ, we have had a lot of illegal immigrants "go away" with our own crackdowns and the new law that goes into effect the beginning of next year. They are not waiting to be forced out; many are leaving to go other places and they are even selling homes they BOUGHT here in AZ. Now, the NY Times reports that there has been a large increase in illegal immigrants fleeing the US to go to Canada. They are crossing the border and then trying to claim "refugee status" in Canada. Here is a link to the full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/21/us/21refugees.html?_r=1&th=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&emc=th&adxnnlx=1190394595-BZZtbctIe4SBHKFIF18YVQ Once they claim "refugee status" in Canada; they are there legally until their request is processed. If denied, Canada gets the privilege of flying them back to Mexico. Right now, Canada doesn't know what they are going to do with this sudden influx. They do not have the facilities for the numbers of illegal immigrants that will soon be arriving. Obviously enforcing our existing laws and implementing new stricter laws IS having an effect. We are busily deporting these criminals back to their homes ourself and encouraging others to "go home"; however, unfortunately, some are going north instead of south. According to the article, they aren't going to get a very warm welcome there for very long.
4 responses
• United States
21 Sep 07
Thank you for sharing that very interesting article. I just hope that Canada does something about the situation in the beginning of the influx before they are overrun with illegals. The USA is a good example of not stopping it in the beginning and look at where we are at now!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I would like to point out that hese people are entering Canada LEGALLY. Even though they were in the US illegally; they are declaring themselves at the Canadian border and seeking 'refugee status". Of course, that doesn't include the ones who are not doing that and are entering Canada illegally; but, this article didn't say anything about them. (I am sure that is happening too; maybe it will be covered in a different article.)
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• United States
21 Sep 07
I was aware of that and we have legal immigrants here as well. Some illegals get lost in the shuffle. Many have enetered this country legally but never followed though to make it permanent, expired visas etc.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
21 Sep 07
This is excellent news. Our immigration laws are finally and slowly beginning to be enforced and Canada is going to get an education as to what we have been dealing with. Let's just see how they react to a big influx of illegals.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
21 Sep 07
Exactly! And, that is the point I am trying to make here. Stricter enforcement and harsher laws and penalties DO WORK! So, everyone who has been saying that it won't help or won't "make a difference"; is wrong and here is proof. Even though illegals are still crossing into the US - they are also leaving because we are no longer "the promised land". If they can't get housing, jobs, or welfare here; they WILL go somewhere else.
• United States
21 Sep 07
"Unfortunately, some are going north instead of south." Unfortunately? No, it is fortunately. This creates a good opportunity for an education for our critical Canadian friends who have no idea how or why we would be so inhospitable or unappreciative of our "guests".
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
21 Sep 07
It is "unfortunate" that the illegals are wasting their assets and times on false hopes. Maybe we know different Canadians; but, the ones I know don't want these people in their country either. Of course, they are entering Canada LEGALLY. They are declaring themselves at the border and requesting "refugee status". They didn't do that when they crossed our borders.
• United States
21 Sep 07
Good for them I say! Atleast we don't have to worry as much about giving our jobs away. There too many unemployed people in this country and our citezens should come first. And less public assistance too! Does Canada even have a welfare program? If not they will never make it up there.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
21 Sep 07
Well, I am glad to see them leaving. But, going to Canada is not a solution for them either. According to the article, they do not have the facilities for them there AND they are still going to get deported to Mexico (or whatever country they came from originally). This just gets their hopes up and depletes thier assets. They would be better off if they take the money they have earned here illegally and the knowledge of how the US works and go back to their home countries and try to make their home country a better place to live. A lot of them are not poor and do not need assistance though. They have been earning money illegally here for years. Here in AZ, we have illegal immigrants who OWN property (the smart ones are selling it now before they get caught and deported). I am certain Canada does have a "welfare" system; they will have poor Canadians who need public assistance; just like we have poor Americans who need help.