Canada isn’t going to be able to morally preen too much longer about the US’ southern border, as Trudeau’s invitation for illegal immigrants unwelcome in the US is yielding results… the results that most Canadians don’t want:
As Quebec takes measures to accommodate a surge of asylum seekers crossing into the province, a right-leaning opposition party claims the border has become a “virtual sieve” and is calling for the government to reconsider what it calls a “completely irresponsible” response to the influx.
“Canada is compelled to handle asylum claims, and Quebec is obliged to handle it,” said Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault in a Facebook post.
While he said that Quebec and Canada have a duty to accept their share of refugees in the face of a crisis, Legault is concerned about what he calls an “out-of-hand influx of illegal migrants” flooding into Quebec from the United States.
“For all potential migrants, this Liberal discourse is the equivalent of an invitation to stampede toward the Quebec border without going through customs,” said Legault.
Legault also said that province’s “resources are limited, just like our capacity to integrate immigrants into the francophone majority.”
Over the last few weeks, authorities have struggled to handle a growing number of people coming into Quebec through unofficial crossings such as Roxham Road, close to the official border crossing at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.
In the past two weeks, the number of asylum seekers has jumped from about 50 a day to 200 at that crossing, and by Wednesday, 700 people were waiting to be processed. The province has to find accommodation for them all.
His “invitation” reminds me a lot of Angela Merkel’s “invitation” which triggered the massive wave of illegal immigration into Germany and the EU.