Contributed by Michael Cost
President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration is motivating many migrants and refugees to move to Canada rather than the United States over the fear of deportation.
According to Canadian officials, there have been a record number of arrivals in a small border town known as Emerson, Canada, and this is apparently happening across Canada.
Immigration agreements between the U.S. and Canada prohibits asylum seekers from seeking asylum in Canada if they have first arrived in the U.S., but that only applies if they go through the legal checkpoints at the border, airports, and train stations.
Instead, they are now sneaking across into Canada through farmers’ fields, sometimes getting lost and wandering through extreme weather conditions.
Rita Chahal, an executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, said people are coming from Djibouti, Ghana, Nigeria and Somalia. She described the situation as a “big surge coming across the border.”
Forhan Ahmed, 36, made it to America from Somalia through the state of Texas, where he was handcuffed and detained until his Asylum request was heard in court. Eventually, that asylum request was denied by a United States panel and he was released under supervision until his deportation could be arranged.
Under President Trump’s new travel restrictions from seven terror-related middle eastern countries, Ahmed feared deportation and fled to Canada. On the day of Trump’s inauguration, Ahmed claims to have begun his journey northward to Canada via a bus to Minnesota. From there, he made the frigid trek through the forest and into Canada.
“I decided to try my luck in Canada to ask for protection because if I were deported to Somalia I would surely be killed,” Ahmed said. “That night it was very, very cold. My hands were frozen. I couldn’t feel my feet,” recounts Ahmed.
He claimed he left his wife and three children behind in Somalia.
H/T: Yahoo / AFP
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