Trudeau Says Trump Is ‘Wrong’ To Separate Child Migrants — But Canada Does Too
OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the separation of migrant children from their parents — even though reports indicate Canada sometimes does the same thing when processing illegals.
Trudeau told reporters Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “wrong” and his policy of taking children away from their would-be refugee parents is “unacceptable.” (RELATED: Trudeau Government Admits 99 Percent Of Illegal Border Crossers Still In Canada)
Although Trudeau said that is not the way Canada manages its “irregular” immigration, a CBC report indicates that in 2017, at least 11 children who illegally crossed the U.S.-Canadian border with their parents were detained by themselves.
Trudeau’s comments on the issue are a flip-flop from his determination all week not to say anything about the ongoing controversy in the U.S. On Monday, Trudeau said he refused to “play politics” with the child refugee question, saying, “What we will not do is play politics with this. We understand how important it is to be firm and unequivocal as we protect and support human rights around the world.”
The prime minister has been under considerable pressure from activists and media opinion to condemn Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy” on illegal immigrants. Canada continues to be a target for asylum seekers from the U.S. who are routinely provided with free accommodation, public health care and gratis legal aid when they illegally enter the country.
The Canadian Council for Refugees is even encouraging the Trudeau government to veto the Safe Third Country Agreement that it shares with the U.S. because it says Canada’s southern neighbor is no longer a safe haven for refugees given Trump’s crackdown on illegals.
Canada’s Liberal government says it is considering its options at the moment.