No presidential election would be complete without the trove of sore losers (on both sides) threatening a move to Canada in the event that their candidate loses. You’d think people would start threatening to move to a much more exotic place by now – or at least realize they need marketable skills to immigrate to Canada (which unfortunately isn’t all too common among partisan diehards).
There at least haven’t been any American citizens crossing the border to immigrate illegally into Canada thus far as Trump refugees, but that isn’t true among an actual class of refugees.
While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated he’ll take in refugees banned from the U.S. (which would’ve been temporarily banned anyway even if Trump’s executive orders weren’t struck down), many who came into the U.S. prior to the inactive “ban” are still fleeing to Canada in anticipation of any threat to their refugee status.
And despite how Canada’s government policy is to welcome them with open arms, the Canadian public thinks otherwise.
According to Reuters, nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.
A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada “less safe,” underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau’s Liberal government.
The increasing flow of hundreds of asylum-seekers of African and Middle Eastern origin from the United States in recent months has become a contentious issue in Canada.
There has been broad bipartisan support for high levels of legal immigration for decades in Canada. But Trudeau has come under pressure over the flow of the illegal migrants. He is questioned about it every time he appears in parliament, from opponents on the left, who want more asylum-seekers to be allowed in, and critics on the right, who say the migrants pose a potential security risk.
Canadians appeared to be just as concerned about illegal immigration as their American neighbors, according to the poll, which was conducted between March 8-9. Some 48 percent of Canadians said they supported “increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally.”
When asked specifically about the recent border crossings from the United States, the same number – 48 percent – said Canada should “send these migrants back to the U.S.” Another 36 percent said Canada should “accept these migrants” and let them seek refugee status.
Virtue signaling your tolerance will get you a warm reception in the media – but not from your own electorate, apparently.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]