Canada Lectures U.S. On Closing Border Then Turns More Mexicans Away Than It Has In Years


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a point of setting himself and his country in opposition to Donald Trump's calls for tightening border security and clamping down on illegal immigration. So is Canada standing by Trudeau's virtue-signaling, "pro-immigrant" pronouncements? Not like Trudeau and his Liberal Party would have you believe. In 2016, Canada turned back more Mexican immigrants than it had in several years combined. Those Mexicans who are allowed to enter the country, as Reuters notes, often end up deeply "disappointed" when they find that "tough border checks, hard-to-find jobs and fine-tuned enforcement policies mean it can be hard to enter and harder to stay."

In February, amid a dramatic uptick of immigrants into Canada, apparently due to the "Trump Effect," Trudeau vowed to continue accepting asylum-seekers.

"We will continue to accept refugees," he told parliament. "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."

Trudeau shelved the visa requirement for migrants in December, and quickly saw the number of Mexicans seeking to get into the country triple, as Reuters highlights:

Seven immigration lawyers, consultants and activists told Reuters that requests for legal advice from Mexicans who had entered Canada since Dec. 1 had roughly tripled compared with the same period in 2015-2016, while Mexico's Canadian consulates are also receiving more requests for help.