Since Canada has, for years, held itself as something of a positive alternative to the United States when it comes to illegal aliens seeking entry into the country, I thought you might be interested in this excerpt from Joseph Brean’s article at Canada’s National Post:
From the moment a protester grabbed a counter-protester’s megaphone and hurled it into the fountain of the Markham Civic Centre, Saturday’s demonstration against illegal border crossings and their effect on suburban Toronto degenerated quickly into violence and anger.
Police arrived to separate men who had thrown a few punches, and others who seemed about to, including one man who was pushing another as he held up a sign reading “Not In My Back Yard,” according to video captured by Ming Pao Daily News.
It was a small rally of a few dozen mainly Chinese-Canadian protesters in Markham, a city northeast of Toronto, and hundreds of kilometres from any land border with the United States. Nevertheless, as the demonstration was met by a smaller group of pro-refugee protesters, it became a flashpoint in the North American refugee crisis, with Markham’s mayor, Frank Scarpitti, as the unlikely main target.
At issue was a rumour that Markham was about to agree to house as many as 5,000 asylum seekers in unused buildings, after Toronto asked for help accommodating an overflow.
Gee, illegal aliens crossing the border is an issue in Canada. And legal residents do have a problem with them.
Just like in the USA.
It was a lot easier to look down – both geographically and attitudinally – at the United States when the illegal alien problem was almost entirely ours.
But now that President Trump has made the United States less accommodating to illegals, and some have continued on to Canada? Suddenly this is no abstract issue to be discussed with elevated morality. The problem of largely uneducated people with no cultural tie to the country streaming in and expecting to be given taxpayer-funded goods and services is very real.
When it’s on someone else’s doorstep the issue is an easy one. When it’s on your doorstep the issue isn’t so easy. A lesson that the USA is fully aware of…and Canada is getting a crash course in.
It will be interesting to see how the country handles it.