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"Everyone was perplexed. Many of them [migrants] have only been in the United States a few days before they made the trek north [into Canada], so it's something we're certainly trying to figure out."Migrants have made haste to leave the United States, fearing that the new Trump administration is prepared to make good on its election pledges, to deal expeditiously with the presence of millions of illegal aliens, otherwise referred to as 'undocumented migrants' in the United States. In particular the new President of the United States stated his intention to rid his country of any such illegals who have committed any kind of criminal activity, as his focus for removal. Since 'criminal' activity can also be construed as a parking ticket, people are understandably wary, as potential targets.
"[The Trump White House foresees] as thin a border as we can create."
"I am very comfortable with the level of security on the border."
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly
"The critical thing is to make sure that we have a complete and detailed picture on both sides of the border about what exactly is happening here. This is still relatively early in the process."
"Who are the people who are involved in this migration? Where did their journey begin from? How long have they been in or transiting through the United States?"
Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale
Canada has been experiencing arrivals of migrants through the border in British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec in particular. What is puzzling to authorities is that these arrivals have been deliberately bypassing border crossings and illegally crossing into Canada, undertaking long and dangerous winter treks with the intention of coming across border authorities or police and voluntarily offering themselves for arrest, so they can appear before immigration authorities where they will declare themselves to be refugees seeking haven.
|Polls show Canadians are split over whether Canada should be accepting more or fewer refugees. But even Liberal legislators are starting to hear from constituents concerned about the arrivals. A family talks with police on Monday near Hemmingford, Quebec|
Even more puzzling is that many of the migrants crossing into Quebec are in possession of American visas which were issued at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Interviews with the holders of the visas have revealed they were obtained for the purpose of entering and transiting the United States with the intention of reaching Canada to claim asylum there, in the great frozen north, never a particularly preferred destination previously.
On the other hand, perhaps not so puzzling. Canada's prime minister, after all, has taken great pains on the international circuit to distinguish Canada from the trajectory taken by the new American administration. Justin Trudeau stated pointedly and with a show of great personal pride that Canada is prepared to accept all refugees that come its way, irrespective of how and where they come from. This, then, is the obvious result. Trudeau has made a great show internationally, priding himself personally for extending Canadian generosity to Syrian refugees.
|Asylum-seekers sneak across because even if they are caught, they can make a claim in Canada; if they make a claim at a border crossing, they are turned away. Trudeau has admitted that he is 'very concerned' with the amount of asylum seekers crossing into rural areas Associated Press|
While the United States, like Canada, has always prided itself as being a humanitarian refuge for the persecuted who flee their countries of origin to find a better life for themselves and their families, that was a reflection of an earlier era when those refugees were grateful for refuge and would not include in their midst malign forces whose end game is to destabilize and to violently create terror by inflicting on the host country and its people bloody attacks in the name of conquest and religion. The current influx requires a greater degree of self-protective scrutiny.
In the United States the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a thousand active domestic terrorism investigations to contend with, 80 percent of which involve the Islamic State, with over 300 involving suspects entering the United States in the guise of refugees. FBI Director James Comey states that successful terrorist attacks are inevitable given the numbers simply because the FBI hasn't sufficient manpower to adequately track the number; overwhelming personnel, even though many of those regarded as terrorist threats are seen as "high-risk". A least a dozen agents would be needed for each of these suspects to ensure 24/7 tracking would proceed.
The United States has always looked suspiciously at its northern border as presenting a gateway for the intrusion of unwanted malefactors into that country. A previous homeland security chief accused Canada of enabling the entrance of terrorists into the United States and being partially responsible for the 9/11 attackers being present in America, even though they were known to have entered the U.S. on American visas, at a time when the FBI and the CIA weren't on the same wavelength.
But should a Canada-based terrorist succeed in a launching terrorist attack against the U.S. and result in the United States viewing lax security on the part of Canada as a danger to Americans, Canada could very well anticipate that the Trump administration would require a wall to be built, and to have to pay for it, to keep Americans safe from terrorist infiltration. Possibly emanating from the very numbers of migrants now entering Canada from the United States.
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