Funny how things change …
It was only a few months ago when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was swimming in leftie adulation as an anti-Trump leader — not only in appearance (Trudeau’s a youthful 45) but in terms of politics as well.
Specifically, Canada seemed to fan liberal hopes that Canada would welcome those that the new U.S. Administration was promising to kick out — or just screening thoroughly.
And the international community of progressives — especially those in the American media — clearly loved him for it.
Rolling Stone, for example, asked, “Is he the free world’s best hope?”:
His land races toward inclusion, while our nation builds walls and lusts for an era of vanilla homogeneity that ain’t coming back. At this moment, Justin Trudeau’s Canada looks like a beautiful place to ride out an American storm.
Progressives should not be faulted for believing this. PM Trudeau, himself, tweeted:
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
However, that was then — and this is now.
And that race toward inclusion that the Rolling Stone mentioned has just hit a roadblock.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Canada has an urgent message for immigrants in the U.S. fearing deportation: Don’t count on us for refuge.
Earlier this month in Los Angeles, a top lawmaker with Canada’s governing party met with members of the local Hispanic immigrant community to stress that people who fear losing their protected status in the U.S. shouldn’t expect automatic reception in Canada — and could be deported to their country of origin if they make the trip north.
As it turns out, PM Trudeau’s tweet welcoming “those fleeing persecution, terror & war” was to be taken literally and not as some new open border policy.
As Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, put it, “Not having or losing status in the U.S. is not grounds for an asylum claim.”
The misconception that Canada was going to welcome all immigrants regardless of whether the immigrant was a war refugee or just looking for a better-paying job has caused a surge of immigration so large that Canada had to convert Montreal stadium into a shelter for incoming immigrants coming across the U.S. border.
Perhaps Canada should consider building a wall along that border, maybe?
Interestingly, Canada’s refugee policy does not seem all that different than American refugee policy.
In fact, as the Wall Street Journal reports:
Mr. Trudeau was asked at a recent press conference if his January tweet had been too welcoming. “We welcome refugees in this country, but there is process to determine whether someone is a refugee,” he said, adding that those fleeing to Canada face rigorous screening.
Rigorous screening? From a nation led by the free world’s best hope?
Hmm … maybe Mr. Trudeau is not the anti-Trump after all.