Any leftists who are still contemplating a move to Canada in the wake of Donald Trump's election may soon find themselves out of luck completely. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is about to start cracking down on illegal immigration, and it's starting with border-jumpers.
Trudeau, who routinely tells potential refugees to Canada that the country will welcome them with open arms, and has regularly criticized President Donald Trump for his hardline stance on taking in more Syrian families set adrift by that nation's bloody civil war, told a press conference Monday that he and his government will no longer tolerate those who seek to enter Canada without a personal invitation.
"Canada is an opening and welcoming society, but let me be clear. We are also a country of laws," Trudeau said. "Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage. There are rigorous immigration and customs rules that will be followed. Make no mistake."
According to the CBC, Canada's state broadcasting network, Canadian government statistics show a sharp increase in illegal immigration. In July, around 1,100 people jumped the border into Canada, most walking into the province of Quebec from towns in the American northeast. That's up almost 20% from June, and more than 50% of the total number of asylum-seekers who crossed into Canada in 2016.
And that's just who Canadian authorities have intercepted.
It's hard not to blame Trudeau himself, at least partially, for the sudden uptick in illegal immigration. When President Trump instituted his so-called "Muslim ban" back in January, cutting off travel from seven nations known to provide material support to terror groups located within their borders, Trudeau responded with a Tweet welcoming everyone barred by the United States to set up shop norht of the border.
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
Trudeau neglected to mention that Canada has one of the most rigorous immigration systems in the developed world and requires potential migrants to not just prove their need, but to prove that they possess a skill or can do a job that is useful to Canada as a whole. Unless given special circumstances, it can take years, if not more than a decade, to earn Canadian citizenship.
That's why celebrities like Lena Dunham, who promised to pack up for Toronto at the first sign of a Trump Presidency, never quite made it across the border (it probably doesn't help that Canada didn't really want her).