SHOULD CANADA REFUSE REFUGEES?

The United Nations charges Canadian border officials are summarily sending refugee claimants back to the United States in breach of Canada’s duty to let them seek asylum. In the latest incident five refugees from Haiti and El Salvador were sent back from the Lacolle Que. border point. Two of these people were later detained by American authorities.

Another bizarre incident at the border involves the head of an American ecumenical group, Janet Hinshaw-Thomas, the niece of Washington Cardinal Avery Dulles. She was arrested at the Lacolle station where she was assisting 12 Haitians seeking refugee status in Canada. She has been working with refugees since 1984. Miss Hinshaw-Thomas was charged by the Canadian authorities with trafficking in humans, held in jail over night and she is scheduled to appear in court on November 30. Cardinal Dulles has defended his niece’s actions and has offered to come to Canada and testify on her behalf.

The Canadian Council of Refugees says these incidents “strengthen the impression that the Canadian government is becoming increasingly hostile to refugees and unwilling to uphold its international commitments.”

Is this the kind of refugee policy you would be comfortable supporting?

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  1. 1
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    The last Liberal government signed the “safe third country” with the USA some time ago. Not very long ago a survey showed that children and grand children of immigrants believe that Canada recieves too many immigrants. We have a Conservative governemnt closely following Bush policy and Bush is building walls on his borders. What do you exspect. Respecting treaties other than those signed with Mr Bush is not one of Harper’s priorities.

  2. 2

    Paul:
    I think you’ve put your finger on it. We have Bush lite running things in Ottawa. How long will it be before we have security running around trying to roust out illegal immigrants?

  3. 3
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Hasn’t it started already? I think of a family in Québec City that was arrested inside the church where they ahd taken refuge. How’s that for a start?

  4. 4
    Chimera Says:

    “Santuary” has no legal standing in Canada, so illegals who take refuse in a church or temple are bound to be arrested sooner or later. Not many people realize that “sanctuary” is granted only at the whim of whoever is in charge, and it’s usually granted to give the authorities time to marshall their own forces. Plainly put, anyone who depends on “sanctuary” is walking into a trap of his own making. Cops know where to find him, so they’ll leave him alone until they want him. Then they just walk in and take him.

    “…Canada’s duty to let them seek asylum.”

    ‘Scuze me…what??? Duty??? Where did this come from?

    I have no problem with some legitimate refugees. But we don’t have room for all, and there must be some sort of standard by which we can measure the degree of need. What other countries have this “duty?” And what are they doing about it?

    And one more thing…as soon as a refugee becomes a criminal, he’s just disqualified himself. Get him the hell outa here.

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    Yawfood.Com:

    Thanks for the great publicity.


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