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How to End the Canadian Border Crisis

By not allowing anyone who illegally crosses the border from the United States to make an asylum claim, the number of illegal border crossings will drop significantly.

W54_Special_(CA-San_Ysidro)_-vector.svgMy latest Op-Ed in The Post Millennial. Your comments are welcome, even if you disagree!

https://www.thepostmillennial.com/how-to-end-the-canadian-border-crisis/

8 comments

  1. There’s simply no way around the fact that the globe’s resources are unevenly balanced, so as long as humans subscribe to the abstract concept of national economics, wealth, borders and national morality, borders will be challenged, wars will be fought, and “illegal” immigration will happen.

    The concept of borders is purely anthropomorphic, guided entirely by political agendas, literally cementing into place, socio-economic inequalities. Therefore, I see it as incumbent upon all who segregate the planet’s resources to find a better alternative than simply creating additional anthropomorphic attributes (laws) protecting what we claim as “ours”. Otherwise, we devolve to nothing more than survival of the most fortunate.

    I certainly don’t have the answer, but perhaps we could start by leaving our hegemonic lenses on the desk to find the answer?

    Maybe, the question isn’t so much as “how do we protect our borders” as it is; “how do we equitably include those who are not as fortunate by birth?”

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  2. Hi Bunty, This is a divisive topic, I know.

    If Canada withdraws from the Safe Third Country Agreement, then every single person who is denied asylum in the United States will be able to come to Canada and apply for refugee status.

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  3. The alternative which you don’t mention, and which I would support, is to scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement. It may have made sense when the USA was a kinder, more tolerant society but things have changed.

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  4. Thanks for reading my article!

    Canada is much more likely to grant asylum to an illegal border crosser than in the United States:

    “Forty percent of such border crossers whose claims were finalized in the first three months of this year were granted refugee status, down from 53% for all of 2017.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-immigration-border/canada-granting-refugee-status-to-fewer-illegal-border-crossers-idUSKCN1IN1CO

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  5. How coincidental that the same day that I post on the illegal immigration problem in the United States, you post about the illegal immigration problem in Canada! I know that much of the illegal immigration argument in America surrounds Mexican migrants; what about in Canada?

    Considering that an immigrant doesn’t have much of a justification for seeking asylum from the United States nowadays (is there any instance where one who crosses from the U.S. to Canada illegally does have legitimate asylum claims?), it makes sense that the entire Canadian-U.S. border be made an official point of entry, so that any illegal crossing is immediately penalized. Of course, this could take quite some time to establish, in which case just closing the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement, as you recommended, is probably most expedient.

    Thanks for sharing, Christopher. I hear so much about America’s political struggles and didn’t know until today that Canada suffered from similar ones.

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