After President Donald Trump began the process of tightening U.S. immigration, refugees have begun to pour across the northern border into Canada thanks to a bizarre rule that is resulting in immense strain on small Canadian towns.
The U.K. Daily Mail reported:
This has had a profound effect on the small Canadian towns situated near the U.S. border, which have seen refugees from Sudan, Turkey, Syria and other corners of the world show up cold and hungry from difficult border crossings in the dead of winter.
Since the start of the New Year, 69 people have applied for refugee status in Canada after illegally crossing into the country from the U.S.
The majority of these crossings have happened near Emerson, Canada – which shares a border with North Dakota and Minnesota – and the neighboring towns of Hemmingford and Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle in Quebec, on the New York border.
The reason these wanna-be Canadians are crossing into the country illegally is because Canada is part of an agreement that bars refugees that have already arrived in another ‘safe’ country from trying to trade up to another country.
The absurd rule basically sets forth a situation in which refugees in the U.S. have to cross into Canada illegally — i.e. not at checkpoints — and then flag down police officers who will at most handcuff the adults for a bit and take them to a border station so that they can fill out their refugee applications.
Nothing like rewarding criminal behavior — great job, Canada! Not so great for your own citizens who are bombarded by refugees streaming across the border and into their backyards, but who cares about them, right?
Emerson Fire Chief Jeff French told CNN about the situation: “I have seen them walking around town, more than a number of times, where I’ve seen five people coming across, walking down the highway, sleeping on the side of the highway.”
Refugees have three days to claim refugee status in Canada after illegally crossing the border, which has reportedly led to refugees banging on the doors of Canadians homes to use their phones — sometimes at two or three in the morning.
“It started with a trickle and has now increased to a flood stage,” resident Brenda Piett explained. “Some people are scared, nervous. Locking their doors. This town most people never locked their doors. But recently they are.”
The Daily Mail reported:
Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted that he was ‘very concerned’ with the amount of refugees crossing into rural areas. But he did not say whether he would seek to suspend their agreement with the U.S. and perhaps try start allowing these people to apply for refugee status at official borders.
But not concerned enough to put the well-being of Canadian citizens first, eh?