The illegal economic migrant entry into Canada via the infamous Roxham Road hasn’t stopped over the past few years. It only stopped occupying mainstream media headlines.
A recap: illegal migrants flowed in from the U.S. through the notorious Roxham Road in Quebec following Trump’s Executive Order to temporarily ban travelers from seven countries of concern, most of which were Muslim. In response to that Order, Trudeau immediately tweeted a welcome to refugees, trying to present himself as the savior to these illegals. Trudeau tweeted: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.” This was taken as a free-for-all invitation.
A second tweet “included a 2015 photo of Trudeau welcoming a Syrian refugee at a Canadian airport.” By then, the message was crystal clear. A couple of months later, the New York Times ran an article entitled Losing Hope in U.S., Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada. The article featured a man from Somalia, Bashir Yussuf, who made a long trek to Canada and along with “19 other Africans had emerged on the Canadian side of the border.” Between 2017 and 2019, roughly 40,000 more illegals had swarmed into Canada at Roxham Road.
Although the largest concentration of illegals were Haitians, by 2019, the largest concentration was reportedly from Nigeria, while Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt and Yemen were in the top 12 countries of origin. Illegals from around the world were responding to the big welcome from Trudeau, who also threw out a welcome mat to returning Islamic State jihadis.
The Roxham Road problem became such a nightmare for local residents that Trudeau began paying those who live in the area up to $25,000 for disruptions caused by the migrant influx.
Some things don’t change, such as Trudeau’s reckless leadership, which includes the open-door immigration policies he shares with other globalists, including Biden. Record numbers are now pouring in, but where are they going to go and who will be footing the bill for them? Hint: recall what happened at the Radisson Toronto East hotel, where about 400 refugees from Africa occupied all but two floors of the hotel, turning the Radisson into a squalid migrant camp.
How illegal migrants will thrive in a bad economy is not a consideration for Trudeau, a notoriously lavish spender who is well pampered, courtesy of Canadian taxpayers. Canada’s economy is in bad shape and many of its own longtime, dedicated citizens can barely afford to feed their families.
“Trudeau continues immigration games as Roxham Road sees record numbers,” by Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun, July 21, 2022:
In the first six months of this year, more people crossed illegally into Canada at Roxham Road in Quebec than in all of 2019. The asylum seekers fast-track route may have all but shut down for much of the pandemic, but now it’s back in business with gusto.
According to the latest federal figures, 16,319 people entered Canada at “irregular” border crossings in Quebec between Jan. 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022. That includes 3,449 in May and 3,066 in June.
Those are the second- and third-highest months on record, surpassed only by August 2017.
By comparison, in 2019 a total of 16,136 people crossed at Roxham Road, and there were 18,518 illegal crossers in 2018 and 18,836 in 2017. The advent of COVID-19 saw the flow of asylum seekers at the Quebec-New York border slow to a trickle with just over 3,000 in 2020 and just over 4,000 in 2021, with most of them coming in December of that year.
This whole thing started when Justin Trudeau put out a tweet welcoming the world to Canada as then newly elected president Donald Trump threatened to deport people back to Haiti from the United States. What was lost on most is that Trump was ending a program that allowed people to stay in the U.S. if they were displaced by the earthquake or at risk following Haiti’s 2004 coup. Canada had ended a similar program years earlier under the Harper government and Trudeau had kept the policy in place and was removing people even as he criticized Trump.
With Trump threatening to do what Canada had already done, many looked north, and Trudeau welcomed them with open arms.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada” Trudeau tweeted on January 28, 2017.
Days later, embassy staff from Mexico were writing to officials at Global Affairs seeking advice on how to handle people looking to declare refugee status in Canada.
“We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries from the public about requesting refugee status in Canada, and a number clearly having links with our Prime Minister’s tweet this weekend,” one email read.
It wasn’t just staff in Mexico. Word spread that Canada would take anyone as a refugee and many decided to use the illegal border crossing to skip dealing with the system.
Since then, more than 77,000 people — that’s more than the population of Belleville, Ont. or Chateauguay, Que. — have crossed at Roxham alone. The government has built special processing facilities there, establishing posts for immigration and RCMP officers to process people….
Nigeria is the biggest source of people crossing at Roxham and just 30% of the more than 16,000 who crossed there between February 2017 and March 2022 were accepted as valid refugees. For the more than 10,000 Haitians who crossed — the second-largest source country, just 23% were accepted.
Roxham Road has become a way for those looking to skip the long delays in legal, economic migration to get into Canada…..