Post by KenW Post by Wolf K
The USA is one of the few countries in the world without and official
language. Here in Canada we have two. We may end up a few more, as some
First Nations people think their languages should be official ones, too.
After all, they were here first....
Canada is getting it's share of illegal immigrants although I don't
think, to the extent the US is. It just gets me going when people vote
for one party without even looking for a better person. Hell, I voted
for a Democratic governor in New Jersey that turned out to be gay
(which was known, not to me) know what, he did a great job. The
biggest reason I voted for Trump, was this country needed a big change
and he was not a politician. He is doing a great job , but the main
news outlets will never let that on. People listen to the Hollywood
types who are so full of crap.
I should not care, but this VET does
But they're not really illegal immigrants.
There's a distinction.
They're asylum seekers. They are processed based
on the notion they'll be killed or harassed if
they return to their own country. In the case
of some countries, these would be gay people.
Because of a certain treaty between the USA and
Canada, they cannot cross at an "official" crossing.
If they enter the country and apply for asylum,
the treaty conditions would apply.
Instead, they present themselves at an "unofficial"
crossing. An official greets them, and they're handcuffed
and sent off for processing (starts with background check,
many having sketchy paperwork).
Canada is thinking of tearing up the treaty they signed,
because the system is not working. But that's another
Some asylum seekers have been desperate enough,
to cross the border at the "wrong" spot in the
dead of winter (somewhere in Manitoba?). And
lose all their fingers and toes to frostbite.
Which means some of them are getting bad advice
on where to cross.
At the crossing in Quebec, you can take a taxi cab
to the crossing point (on the US side), walk up to the
border (a paved street in the middle of no-where),
present yourself, make your claim for asylum
and you're off for processing. We keep a couple
people on our side to handle them.
You could enter our country on a visa and
overstay your welcome. And that would be
illegal immigration. That's not where the
lineup is coming from.
"Since the beginning of January 2017 and up until
the end of March 2018, the RCMP have intercepted
25,645 people crossing the border into Canada illegally.
Public Safety Canada estimates another 2,500 came
across in April for a total at just over 28,000.
Once an application for asylum has been received by
the federal government, it takes about 19 months
for the initial assessment and another 10 months
for a final decision to be issued. A backlog of
cases and a shortage of staff to process the
applications have contributed to the wait times."
"A spokesperson for Public Safety Canada said the
243 removals that have taken place since April 2017
(the department did not separately track removals
from irregular migrants from January to March 2017)
may have been expedited for a number of reasons.
When someone crosses the border into Canada they are
first subject to a security and identity check. People
who have criminal convictions for serious crimes or
who have applied for refugee status in the past and
failed would not be eligible to apply again."
Safe Third Country Agreement <=== treaty
"Refugees who first arrive in the U.S., therefore, can't
then apply for asylum in Canada at official border crossings.
That encourages illegal crossings from the U.S.,
immigration lawyers say. Such crossings have increased
dramatically in recent months, especially in Manitoba <=== freeze ass off
"More than 200 law professors signed an open letter
last year calling on Ottawa to withdraw from the pact."
So that's the situation right now.
Meanwhile, we have to train a bunch more civil servants
to process them. A couple of major cities have made claims
for funding to house them and support them. Not big bucks,
but still, one level of government has to admit there is
a problem, by funding it.
And we still haven't finished our Syrian project.
"As of early December, the Immigration Department said it
was still processing applications for 20,000 sponsored
Syrian refugees, including 15,927 from private sponsorship
groups, 4,006 under government assistance, and the rest
through joint sponsorships between the two."
These are basically asylum too, the difference being,
that various private groups are providing funding for
when they arrive. Some of these people are self-starters,
and have already made a business for themselves. But there
will inevitably be people who cannot achieve that
kind of new start here.
These are reasons our system is jamming up. As if it
needed an excuse. The processing time for regular
immigration is... forever. A dude at work was looking
at over five years to complete some kind of process
with the government. And that was years before any of
this started. If any interaction requires support from
the originating country, that can add nine months
instantly to the schedule. You could fly to Mars and
back, before the paperwork is done.