We have an answer to the question I posed last week, where will the refugee camp be this summer when the flow of illegal immigrants spikes in the warm weather. Last summer we watched as government officials turned Olympic Stadium in Montreal into a make-shift refugee centre and then eventually they set up an actual refugee camp near the Lacolle border crossing.
This year, the answer will be Ontario.
According to the Toronto Star, the federal government will ship asylum seekers to Ontario, if that is where they want to go.
“Starting next week, asylum-seekers arriving through the Canada-United States border could be fast-tracked to shelters and services in Ontario if that is their preferred destination.”
Excuse me? Preferred destination?
I thought these were asylum seekers. Now I know the vast majority are economic migrants looking to jump the queue but when did it become the job of the federal government to transport them to their preferred destination?
After Quebec asked for help last week in dealing with the border crisis, I knew the Trudeau government would act in some way, I just didn’t expect it to be this. Trudeau’s home province has been complaining that they are paying for the social services of vast majority of the current wave of asylum seekers, people showing up over what Quebec pointed out was a federal problem.
Our porous border.
Rather than take the obvious step of closing the border and stopping these illegal crossings, Trudeau and his Liberals will spread the problem around.
Look, I get Quebec complaining. Of the 20,593 people that the RCMP intercepted crossing the border illegally last year, 18,836 crossed into Quebec. And so a federal problem has become a provincial one as this influx of people needed housing, clothing and social assistance has put a strain on Quebec’s system.
Trudeau wants to spread that around now. To Ontario.
There is a reason the border crossings are happening in Quebec and no, it has nothing to do with Montreal declaring itself a sanctuary city. Toronto, Hamilton and other cities have done the same thing. The simple reason is that there is an organized network of people that arrange travel, going so far as to pick people up at JFK or LaGuardia airports in New York City as these asylum seekers arrive in the United States and then immediately drive them north to Roxham Road where they can walk across the border.
You can’t walk across Lake Ontario to Toronto.
This is a problem in need of a real solution. Last year was a record year, by far, for these types of illegal crossings and it strained the system. This year the numbers have increased threefold each month and show no signs of abating.
At this point last year government officials say there were about 2,000 people at Roxham Road, now it is more than 6,000. Will we actually crack 60,000 illegal crossings, almost all at one location, almost all coming from organized groups, before Trudeau acts?
I fear the answer is yes.
Liberals keep saying these people are not illegal immigrants or illegal border crossers and yet the first thing that happens to them, the thing that must happen to them, is the RCMP arrests them for…..crossing the border illegally. Without that, they can’t get in the system and the people coming across know that.
I think Justin Trudeau actually wants this problem to grow and fester so he can use it as a political wedge.
Picture him in the next election warning about the perils of electing what he will describe as the anti-immigrant Conservatives. He will portray his position as kind, compassionate and open to immigration.
Tell that to the family in Delhi, Beijing or Boston that filled out the forms and is waiting their turn to come in legally.