Where is your welcoming spirit?



By Sigrid Weidenweber

At one time or another, readers of newspapers, or watchers of tv-news, have been subjected to the superior, lecturing voices of Canadian correspondents denouncing our efforts to close our border to migrants, economic opportunists and criminals, as they avail themselves of our open door.

I am amazed to read in the Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal that our open-doors neighbor is disconcerted by the very same phenomenon that makes us wish we had a wall on our border. (Yes, a high, solid one.)

People from Nigeria, Mali, other African countries, and the Middle East flock into Canada undeterred by arrests. They schlep suitcases and other paraphernalia to the border seemingly expecting to be arrested. They obviously know, or seem to be informed, that by getting into one of the rich democratic countries of the West, they must, by the stupid laws of these nations, be allowed a hearing for asylum. They also have been told, in their own countries by lawyers and advisors, what they should say and the reasons they should state to gain admission and be granted asylum.

Canada prides itself on having a well-regulated, highly selective immigration system that was working because of its geographic isolation. The Canadians now find, like we know already, even well-defended borders, geographically isolated or not, have become porous.

The well-staffed, border-crossing stations between the US and Canadian border have become problematic. Africans and others fly into America with short-term visas and then advance to the Canadian border. In this way, just last month in April 2,600 persons got into Canada by claiming they needed asylum. Last summer, over three times that number or 8,500 entered Canada. The numbers do not include illegal immigrants flying into Canada directly or the large numbers of legal immigrants.

The backlog for asylum cases now stands at 53,000 and the labor union, representing the border guards, complains about inadequate staffing. The Canadian public now experiences the same schism in opinion as does America.

Some people wring their hands and gnash their teeth over the unfortunates of the world, wishing to help everyone without a glimmer of the consequences that mass-immigration would create for Canada. On the other side are Canadians who have already seen what a steady influx of foreigners has done to their lives, their culture, ethics, and morals. Here is how those well-informed foreigners work the system.

Last Wednesday, in a seven-hour period, twenty-five people, alone or in small groups, arrived by taxi or shuttle-bus at quiet Roxham Road, a country road ending in a ditch that marks the border between Canada and the United States. Then, oblivious to warning signs that crossing into Canada is illegal and asylum is not a free ticket into Canada, they marched straight into the arms of the Canadian border control officers.

They were people from Nigeria, Lebanon, Haiti, Sri-Lanka, Mali and the Ivory Coast. One woman reported her family came by plane to New York City; then, took a bus to upstate Plattsburgh, NY where they took a shuttle to the border.

To me this seems a well-researched, highly-orchestrated invasion—welcome to the world’s problems, Canada.

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

You can find her books on Amazon.com

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