Illegal Refugees Complain About Housing In Montreal

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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After being bussed into sanctuary city Montreal after illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border, illegal refugees are now complaining about lack of housing there.

The illegals are provided with a tent upon entering Quebec from New York state and are then sent to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium or another temporary refuge, like a hotel or even a former convent.

But the illegal migrants say they don’t like being moved around so much and are looking for accommodation in Canada’s second-largest city. Ahmed Iftikhar told The Canadian Press that he has been in three temporary shelters since he and his wife and four children marched illegally across the border.

Not only are the asylum-seekers provided access to all municipal services in Montreal but they begin picking up their social assistance check within days of arriving in Canada — and are expected to spend some of it on room and board.

Thousands of the migrants — mostly originally from Haiti but arriving from the U.S. — continue to stampede across the border every week, claiming their alleged refugee status is grounded in a belief that President Donald Trump will have them deported.

Iftikhar, who was provided with a city transit pass and even a number of apartments to investigate, says he can’t find a place large enough for his family.

“There is nobody to help,” he told The Canadian Press. “I want to leave here but I don’t know what to do.”

Another illegal, who wished to remain anonymous, said it would be easier to get settled into Quebec if he had a cellular phone and a lawyer to help settle his refugee claim because “$600 or $700 isn’t a lot to eat with or to sleep with.”

Almost 2,000 illegals arrived in the first week of August alone and the numbers are increasing. The reason for that, Haitian Marie-Junie Joseph says, is Canada’s perceived open-door refugee policy.

“I came because the door is open here, because I heard Canada is open to immigrants.”

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