Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, responded to Trump’s immigration ban by tweeting that Canada’s borders were open to asylum seekers. However, the “heroic” tweet may be regrettable;
Heat Street reports:
According to Canada’s state media, more than 400 refugees a month are crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada, most headed for the “sanctuary city” of Toronto. The refugees are using Manitoba and Quebec border crossings.Asylum seekers cannot remain in Canada long-term if they come through an official border crossing, like the one at Windsor, Ontario, unless they have documentation. But thanks to a loophole in Canada’s immigration laws—and a welcome mat rolled out by Canada’s prime minister—most who make it to Canada through unofficial crossings are allowed to stay for a while.
Canadian Immigration attorneys have attributed the spike to Trump’s executive order that limited travel between the US and Seven Muslim countries. Over 433 people who declared themselves refugees moved to Canada in January alone. This does not include the “undocumented” lot that crossed into Canada using legal passports but never returned to the US.
Canada’s public safety Minister, Ralph Goodall, will be meeting the U.S department of Homeland security this week to discuss border security.