Last week, a number of media outlets reported on the so-called “refugees” flooding into Manitoba from the US seeking asylum. Those attempting to seek asylum in Canada are walking from Minneapolis – a two hour trek in below -20C temperatures, risking frostbite and even risking their children’s lives.
Canada Border Services Agency's most recent numbers show 403 asylum seekers illegally crossed into Manitoba between April 2016 and the end of January 2017, many of them entering near the small border town of Emerson.
As Candice Malcolm points out, there’s no such thing as a refugee from the United States. Refugees come from places like Iraq and Syria, not a democracy like the United States of America. The people flooding into Manitoba from the US are entering Canada illegally, and making asylum claims that violate international and Canadian law.
Canadians have a proud tradition of welcoming refugees, whether it be the Vietnamese boat people during the Vietnam War or the most recent influx of Syrians escaping ISIS’ atrocities. However, Canadians should not tolerate those who take advantage of our generosity by purposely thwarting our immigration and national security laws.