The recent influx of illegal refugees flooding across the border into Quebec is proving to be an immigration wakeup call for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau appeared to backtrack Friday on his passive stance on illegal immigration, cautioning the so-called “asylum-seekers” that they should respect the border between Canada and the U.S.
So many Haitians have crossed illegally in the last month that the city opened the rarely used Olympic Stadium as a “welcome center.”
In January, following President Donald Trump’s first executive order to restrict entry to the U.S. from some Middle East countries, Trudeau tweeted out a message, “to those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canada will welcome you regardless of your faith.'”
Soon after, a flood of illegal refugees began appearing at remote crossings from Quebec to British Columbia.
Then, in February, Mayor Denis Coderre emphatically declared Montreal a sanctuary city.
Despite Coderre’s enthusiasm, Trudeau appears to have changed his tune.
“We want migration to Canada to be done in an orderly fashion; there’s border checkpoints and border controls that we need to make sure are respected,” the Prime minister said, wearing a “Sinclair” kilt from his mother’s side of the family as he talked to reporters during a photo op at the Glengarry Highland Games in Ontario.
“The people coming now irregularly will still have to go through all the proper processes.”
Trudeau said Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen would be checking into the border crossing at Lacolle, Quebec — along the New York border — to see if the immigration authorities needed any more assistance.
“We are ensuring that the capacity to deal with these refugees is in place and our immigration system remains strong and robust.”
Many of the Haitians entering Canada illegally from the U.S. are saying that they fear deportation due now the White House is considering changing the temporary protected refugee status of Haitians who came to America following the 2010 earthquake.
According to a CBC News report, many of these illegals are coming to Canada as a result of a “fake news” story featured on WhatsApp that encouraged all Haitian refugees who feared deportation to come North.