Thousands of dollars of electronics and phones were found discarded near a popular illegal border crossing on Roxham Rd. in rural Quebec.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
Toronto Sun has found evidence that casts doubt on what the Trudeau government has been telling us about the flood of asylum seekers crossing into Canada on foot. We have been told that these refugees are poor migrants, fleeing Donald Trump, and yet, evidence on the ground suggests something very different.
Thousands of dollars of electronics and phones were found by the Toronto Sun, discarded near a popular illegal border crossing on Roxham Rd. in rural Quebec.
A brand-new iPhone X, retailing between $1300 and $1600 — plus taxes — was found thrown into a ditch about a metre from the border. The phone was locked, and, therefore, no information was available to provide clues about who tossed the valuable smartphone before claiming to be a refugee in Canada.
A second phone, found in a nearby ditch, did provide some clues about its former owner. The discarded Nokia flip phone had an Arabic language keyboard.
According to a humanitarian activist who welcomes asylum seekers on the U.S. side of border, migrants often toss their phones as they cross into Canada.
“They don’t want any record of their old life,” she told me.
While many of asylum seekers are desperate and downtrodden, others appear to be more well-off. One of the families that arrived and crossed illegally into Canada while the Sun was at the border was carrying several pieces of expensive suitcases with airline tags.
The tags’ label said PBG – the airport code for Plattsburg International Airport in upstate New York. There are limited flights that take travelers to this airport, with flights mostly originating from Boston and various cities in Florida.
While news reports typically say that most migrants take the bus from New York City to get to this illegal border crossing, others fly from different parts of the world.
The surge of illegal migrants started last January, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s virtue-signaling tweet invited the world’s migrants to come to Canada.
In 2017, Canada received more than 50,000 asylum applications — the highest number of claimants in our history. According to immigration figures so far in 2018, the number of illegal border crossings has tripled since last year.