So Mr. Diversity is Beautiful, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is now worried about his southern border after he put out the “Welcome” sign with his big talk about how wonderful Canada is compared to the mean country run by a mean President—the US.
This event made me laugh, but there are a few things in the report about last week’s visit by “icon” Ahmed Hussen to Minnesota that I need to mention.
Here is the story at the Star Tribune.
By the way, I tweeted it when I first read it and it was popular on twitter (I’m trying to a better job with twitter and even if you aren’t on twitter yourself, you can see my tweets in the right hand sidebar of RRW). I am @RefugeeWatcher.
Canada’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, arrived in Minnesota just days after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand for now new travel restrictions for eight countries, including Somalia — the land a teenage Hussen fled with his family.
But even as he has come to symbolize for some the divergent immigration philosophies on either side of the U.S.-Canada border, Hussen shuns criticism of the Trump administration’s approach. In fact, he was in the Twin Cities this week in part to discourage a spike in asylum-seekers crossing into Canada this year that has tested the country’s famously welcoming attitude.
“We are huge fans of immigration, but we want people to immigrate through the regular channels,” he said.
Here is the first point I want to mention, this “regular channels” bit!
There is no regular channel for someone who is in the US illegally, possibly after failing an asylum bid, and who will soon be on one of those ICE deportation planes back to Africa.
So who is Hussen kidding! Anyone who was smart enough to break into the US knows his only out is to take his (or her) chances by breaking into Canada.
There is no line for them to join to fill out legal paperwork.
In a speech at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Hussen touted Canada’s measured approach, including a gradual increase in immigration planned over the next three years. [Their “measured approach” follows a free-for-all Syrian airlift to Canada that has the country now in an uproar (not enough jobs and too much welfare!)—ed].
He met with resettlement agency staff and other advocates, plugging a unique Canadian program in which private citizens and churches sponsor some refugees. Members of the local Somali community, where he enjoys rock star status, threw him a welcoming reception in Minneapolis.
“He is an icon,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a local community leader and Bush Foundation fellow. “People see him as an example of what is possible in the West.”
A recent rise in illegal border crossings into Canada has triggered pushback from conservative politicians there and concerns from border communities such as the Manitoba city of Emerson, unsettled and overwhelmed by the arrivals. In Manitoba, many of those arrivals have been Somalis who had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United States. Now, Hussen and some Canadian lawmakers are reaching out to immigrant communities to highlight that border crossers undergo rigorous screening and face deportation if their asylum claims fall short.
“We don’t want people uprooting their lives based on false information,” Hussen said. “Crossing the border irregularly is not a free ticket to Canada.”
Ahmed said word in the local Somali community remains that Canada offers a much gentler welcome to those arriving at its border with asylum claims. He spoke of a friend, a permanent resident who faced deportation after a criminal conviction, who crossed into Canada this year. Though he doesn’t know yet if he will be granted asylum, the friend reports receiving subsidized housing and free legal help, Ahmed said. [Sounds more like encouragement to come to Canada than discouragement to me!—ed]
Hussen also praised a Canadian refugee resettlement system in which, alongside the government’s program, private citizens and organizations commit to supporting refugees for a year. The country has found these refugees do better easing into Canadian life. Hussen said the United Kingdom and several Latin American countries are modeling new programs on the Canadian approach, though he hasn’t yet fielded inquiries from the United States.
I must set the record straight on this idea—-Canada’s private sponsorship program. I read a lot about Canada that I don’t post on and I can tell you their private sponsorship has had all sorts of problems recently.
Now, you are going to hear more about it here in the US because that Washington, DC Open Borders think tank—the Cato Institute—has been pushing this idea too. Cato is libertarian (I guess!) and has become the darling of the refugee industry which uses it to suggest that even ‘Rightwingers’ want refugee resettlement.
I would be all for a private sponsorship program for refugee resettlement if all of the middlemen contractors were given the boot and private groups and churches would take full responsibility for a family of refugees for a year or more—no federal or state taxpayer funding! All charity would be privately donated time and money until the family was on its feet. Such a program would be naturally self-limiting in terms of numbers of refugees that private sponsors could manage.
But that is not what Cato has proposed, they want a system like Canada’s—both a private system and a government-funded and controlled system working side by side. I talked to one of their people on this and was told they hoped that eventually the publicly funded program would be phased out and the private system put in place.
No it won’t!
There will be two systems with greater capacity for ever greater numbers of refugees!
If there was any will in Washington, Congress could trash the present system and install a private one. As I said, if there was any will!
See my Canada category here where over 200 posts are archived including a bunch about the exodus of American illegal aliens to Canada (some were leaving under Obama so don’t fall for the meme that it is all about that meany President Trump).
Addendum: I meant to throw this link in about how the wailing is underway in Minnesota as refugee numbers drop there due to Donald Trump’s slowdown of the refugee flow to America.