Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was dared to come to the Canada-U.S. border in person, to see with his own eyes the problems with an open border. The bold dare was made by Canadian Conservative Party MP and immigration critic Michelle Rempel who spoke in Emerson, Manitoba on Friday. After the news conference, an argument broke out between activists on either side of the immigration debate.
Rempel was hosted by the local Member of Parliament (MP) Ted Falk, who also called on Trudeau to visit the border town to watch asylum seekers sneak across the border from the U.S.
“We need to protect the integrity of our borders,” Falk said. “We must always consider our national security and do our due diligence to make sure we know who is entering, where they’re entering our country and why.”
The Daily Caller reports:
At the end of the news conference, one local yelled at Rempel and said while the Conservatives were in power they did nothing to amend the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement that stops illegals from entering Canada from the U.S. at official border crossings but implicity allows them to cross elsewhere and claim refugee status.
“You were in power for 10 years and did nothing on that same loophole,” Emerson resident Joyce Dayton told Rempel. “All of us are from immigrants here, there’s not one of who isn’t.”
Rempel replied to Dayton, saying that she was in Emerson because Rempel believes in legal, but not illegal, immigration. “What we’ve seen year-over-year is that there’s been a big increase in the number of people crossing the border,” Rempel said. “It’s certainly become a problem in the last year.”
Local municipal authority Reeve Greg Janzen also waded into the matter, commenting that he was not against immigration, but rather people walking across the border and claiming refugee status.