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Canada Worried About Influx of Illegal Immigration After Trump TPS Decision

America's northern neighbor does not want 200,000 Salvadorans illegally crossing into their country.

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2018 @4:30pm
Canada Worried About Influx of Illegal Immigration After Trump TPS Decision

President Trump’s decision to rescind the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of 200,000 Salvadorans in the United States is sparking fears in Canada that those emigrants could flee to America’s northern neighbor to avoid deportation back to El Salvador, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The United States extended the protections to the Salvadoran refugees following a massive earthquake and humanitarian crisis in their home country in the early 2000s. But the Trump administration determined the situation had improved enough in El Salvador that the migrants no longer warranted the TPS.

Salvadorans previously under the TPS now have the option of applying for permanent residence in the United States or face deportation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which has previously committed itself to an open immigration policy, is now worried they would be unable to handle a massive migration of Salvadorans from the United States. The Canadian government is actively discouraging the refugees from going north:

Fearing an influx of newcomers crossing “irregularly” into Canada from the United States, the Canadian government has embarked on an information campaign to discourage Salvadorans from trekking north, as thousands of Haitians did when threatened with a loss of protected status last summer.

The government announced that it was planning to send Pablo Rodriguez, a Spanish-speaking member of Parliament, to California in the coming days to speak to community groups, lawyers and Spanish-language media. His message is simple: If you don’t qualify for refugee or asylum status, don’t try to cross into Canada.

Trudeau apparently found it easy to pontificate on Trump’s travel ban last year, saying that Canada was open to all newcomers when the possibility of a massive wave of refugees was low. But now faced with the possibility of 200,000 migrants illegally crossing his border, the Canadian prime minister has adopted a less liberal attitude on immigration.

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