(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
Justin Trudeau could learn a thing or two from Donald Trump when it comes to handling the crisis of illegal immigration along our southern border.
It may seem counterproductive, since Trump is so widely criticized for his blunt, often crass and downright discriminatory attitude towards immigrants and foreigners.
But despite his negative tone and rhetoric, which is admittedly unhelpful, Trump is undeniably doing exactly what he said he was going to do.
He’s cracking down on illegal immigration from Mexico, banned nearly all travel and migration from major terrorist hot spots and is supporting an immigration bill to drastically restructure U.S. immigration towards the Canadian merit-based system.
When it comes to immigration and refugee policy, Trump is winning.
Illegal border crossings along his southern border are down nearly 70% since Trump took office, the lowest figures in decades.
It’s being called the “Trump effect.” There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s enforcing the rules. Amidst Trump’s crackdown on illegal migration, people smugglers are thinking twice before trying their luck.
But Trump’s success on his country’s southern borders is helping to swell the problem along Canada’s southern border.
While Trump’s travel ban only affected those from failed states and state-sponsors of terrorism – Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan – it created uncertainty and fear among many immigrants in the U.S.
The hyperbolic rhetoric in the media and scare-mongering by Trump’s critics are equally to blame, but many migrants – including people who were in the U.S. illegally to begin with – are moving on to the next soft target: Canada.
Canadian security and border agencies are struggling to cope with the surge in illegal border crossings.
We’re building makeshift refugee camps, and postponing initial screening and vetting checks. Canada is starting to look more and more like Europe – overrun by mass migration and unable to cope with the problems that follow.
Trump’s win on immigration is turning into our loss.
If Trudeau wanted to stop the crisis of illegal migration, he would take a page from Trump’s playbook. He’d call up Donald Trump himself and demand that the two countries work together to stop the flow of illegal migrants streaming into Canada.
Leaked transcripts from Trump’s phone call with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reveals Trump’s mindset. It’s clear he doesn’t want to repeat the mistake Europe has made in recent years by opening up its borders.
“Look at what has happened in Germany,” said Trump. “I spoke to Merkel today, and believe me, she wishes she did not do it. Germany is a mess because of what happened.”
“I agree with you,” said Turnbull. “Letting one million Syrians walk into their country.”
“There could be two million people,” replied Trump. “Two million people. Can you believe it? It will never be the same.”
Trump is clearly very concerned about the impact of unchecked mass migration.
If Trudeau wanted to meaningfully address the crisis along Canada’s borders, he’d reach out to Trump and strike a common cord.
Instead of mocking Trump on social media, Trudeau would tell Trump that we in Canada share America’s frustration with illegal immigration. He would discuss ways Canada can help...(READ MORE)