Building Another Wall?
Leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada have urged border control to stop asylum seekers from entering Canada from the United States. More people have been crossing the Canadian border since Trump became president. Public opinion surveys have shown that Canadians are becoming increasingly less sympathetic to asylum seekers and immigration. Kevin O’Leary, reality TV star and politician, wants to pass a law that says those who cross the border illegally will not receive refugee hearings, a law which would go against Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Taking it further, Maxime Bernier, Parliament member, wants to police the border or even deploy the Canadian Army. Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada Secretary General, says the figures are still very small and it is not a crisis. Either way, there is pressure on Prime Minister Trudeau to update Canadian immigration policy.
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