Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be executing a full 180 degree turn on immigration policy following the recent dramatic increase in illegal immigration at Canada’s southern border.
Canada is reportedly attempting to renegotiate the “Safe Third Country Agreement,” which would require all asylum seekers who approach formal border-crossings (going either direction) at the U.S.-Canada border to apply for asylum in the country they entered first.
Trudeau responded to questions during a parliamentary session on Tuesday, saying that negotiations with the United States had thus far been “unfruitful.”
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau now blaming the U.S. for his country’s illegal immigration problem pic.twitter.com/OeOgxLdsKD
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 3, 2018
In the past 15 months alone, Canada has seen an influx of more than 26,000 illegal immigrants — some of whom have told officials that President Trump’s stance on illegal immigration was what drove them across the border to the north. A number of those immigrants were Nigerian tourists with legal visitor visas who then snuck across the border into Canada in order to avoid being sent home.
Trudeau tweeted in January 2017 in response to President Trump’s first attempt at passing a travel ban, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you.”
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017