New statistics released by La Presse, a Montreal newspaper, show that 31% more American citizens are being turned away at the Canadian border than they were in the statistics from 2015. A total of 30,233 people were turned away in 2016, which is over 7,000 more people that have been turned away in 2015. When compared to the fact that only 7,500 people were turned away in 2014, these numbers seem all the more ridiculous.
What is going on in Canada that they keep turning American’s away? These statistics are shocking since Canada is currently facing a lot of anxiety about people being turned away at the American border, but the numbers of Canadians turn away do not even get close to the number of Americans being sent back. The number of Candians being turned away at the American border has not changed much in the past few years. A lot of Canadians are worried that President Donald Trump will promote Canadians not being allowed into the country, and it looks like their worries have turned them into the bigots they’re associate Americans with being.
Despite concerns in Canada about whether it is becoming more difficult to cross into the US, figures provided by US Customs and Border Protection indicate the number of people being denied entry at that boundary is in line with previous years. In fiscal year 2014, 28,875 people were turned away at the Canada-US frontier.
In 2015 it was 27,311. In 2016, it was 28,584. A lot of border anxiety in Canada is thought to be linked to the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban, which has been suspended indefinitely pending court challenges. Organisations such as the Girl Guides of Canada have put trips to the United States on hold until further notice because they fear problems at the border.
Canada’s largest school board also recently cancelled new school trips to the US. The Toronto District School Board announced the decision this month citing “uncertainty” with regards to who may be affected by US President Donald’s Trump’s latest travel restrictions. A few other schools across Canada have also decided to temporarily halt travel to the US.