Refugee Crisis

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Mexican man crossed illegally from Canada into Maine: Officials
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Published:
July 12, 2018
Updated:
July 12, 2018 11:41 PM EDT
In this March 3, 2017, the Mulholland Point Light in Campobello Island, New Brunswick, stands with Lubec, Maine across the water. Lubec is the easternmost town in the contiguous United States with a border crossing to Canada. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CALAIS, Maine — Border agents have arrested a Mexican national accused of illegally crossing the border from Canada into Maine.
Customs and Border Protection agents say 45-year-old Benigno Godinez-Cortez was detained Tuesday during an investigation into possible illegal activity and admitted he’d illegally crossed the border from Canada.
Court documents indicate Godinez-Cortez said he was waiting to be picked up by his girlfriend, an Australian who was later charged with inducing him to enter the U.S., where she was waiting with a car.
A lawyer for Godinez-Cortez declined comment Thursday night.
The arrest is at least the second in recent weeks of someone in the country illegally. Officials say a Haitian man was arrested last month after border agents shut down Interstate 95 and questioned motorists at a roadblock.
http://torontosun.com/news/world/mex...aine-officials
 
Twin_Moose
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Ha ha ha Is Trump asking JT to curb illegal immigrants entering the US from Canada?
 
spaminator
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Man attacked wife with chainsaw in front of kids: Cops
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Published:
July 13, 2018
Updated:
July 13, 2018 6:47 AM EDT
Alejandro Alvarez. (Whittier Police Department)
WHITTIER, Calif. — Authorities have arrested a man they say attacked his wife with a chainsaw in front of their three children at their Los Angeles-area home.
Authorities on Thursday arrested 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez in Chula Vista, a few miles from the Mexican border. Police say he was in an SUV that was stolen after Alvarez’s own vehicle crashed after Wednesday’s attack.
Alvarez could face charges of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit-and-run and grand theft auto. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.
Alvarez is suspected of attacking his wife, Gloria Mojica, at their Whittier home, leaving her covered in blood.
KABC-TV reports that the woman was listed in stable condition Thursday and is expected to recover.
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ICE: Man accused of attacking wife with chainsaw was deported 11 times
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Published:
July 14, 2018
Updated:
July 14, 2018 6:47 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES — Officials say a man accused of attacking his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children at their Los Angeles-area home had been deported from the U.S. 11 times.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley says 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas is a “serial immigration violator.”
Alvarez-Villegas was arrested on Thursday in a stolen vehicle in Chula Vista, a few miles from the Mexican border.
Police said Alvarez-Villegas is suspected of attacking his wife at their Whittier home, leaving her covered in blood. She is expected to recover.
It was not immediately clear if Alvarez-Villegas had an attorney to comment on the allegations.
Haley says federal immigration officials have lodged a detainer against Alvarez-Villegas, asking local officials to notify them before he is released.
Alvarez-Villegas has been in and out of the U.S. since 2005.
http://torontosun.com/news/crime/ice...orted-11-times
 
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'The situation is going to get worse': Liberals pushed to come up with answers on asylum issue
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Published:
July 15, 2018
Updated:
July 15, 2018 6:40 PM EDT
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship speaks to media following Friday's meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers in Winnipeg.SunMedia
OTTAWA — With tensions over asylum seekers mounting between Ottawa and Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new PC government, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel wants to give provincial immigration ministers another chance to air their grievances — and Lisa MacLeod says she’d happily do so.
As Ford’s community and social services minister, MacLeod is butting heads with the Liberal government over its handling of the asylum-seeker issue, and she was at it again Friday after the main federal, provincial and territorial players gathered for a meeting on the matter in Winnipeg.
She walked out of the meeting after a testy exchange with federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, who later publicly accused Ontario of fear-mongering on asylum seekers. She called his comments “mean-spirited” and demanded an apology.
At Monday’s emergency meeting of the House of Commons immigration committee, opposition members will try to put some political pressure on the government by urging their Liberal counterparts to examine the problem, as well as the pressure it is putting on provinces.
Rempel will introduce a motion calling on the committee to “undertake a study to review the adequacy of the federal government’s response to the impact of increased asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States.”
She and NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan are calling on the committee to hold two more meetings this summer in hopes of learning more about what the government intends to do.
The motion calls on Hussen to testify, for the committee to meet at least twice more this summer and that the study be concluded before Aug. 3. Rempel also wants provincial ministers to either testify or provide written submissions to the committee.
MacLeod said she’d happily oblige.
Rempel called for Monday’s meeting after hearing Ontario and Quebec say they’ve run out of room for migrants. The Ontario government said it is facing a “looming crisis” next month if Ottawa doesn’t help find space for refugees and asylum seekers currently sheltered in college dorms.
Ford has demanded the federal government foot the entire bill for the province’s costs. The federal government has so far offered $11 million in help.
“If we’re going to be allocating all of these funds and they’re unbudgeted, then the government should be able to table some sort of plan, and I do feel it’s been very piecemeal and reactive,” said Rempel.
“I don’t think we can wait until the fall because I think the situation is going to get worse.”
Canada’s Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S. stipulates that asylum seekers are required to make their claims in the first “safe” country where they arrive — meaning those who cross into Canada at an official land border crossing are sent back to make their claim in the U.S.
The agreement does not cover “irregular” or “illegal” asylum seekers — those entering Canada at unofficial points, most notably in Quebec.
The number of asylum seekers crossing between legal entry points has steadily decreased. According to new numbers released Friday, the RCMP intercepted 1,263 people at the border in June, which is down from 1,869 in May. In April, the RCMP intercepted 2,560 people at the border.
http://torontosun.com/news/national/...n-asylum-issue
 
EagleSmack
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Ha ha ha Is Trump asking JT to curb illegal immigrants entering the US from Canada?

More like begging and pleading.
 
spaminator
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Vancouver reporter calls out Nigel Farage for sharing fake sexualized photo
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Published:
July 16, 2018
Updated:
July 16, 2018 6:00 PM EDT
An altered photo tweeted by Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party and a member of the European Parliament, along with a version of the original from the CKOM website are shown in this handout combination photo. HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS
A Vancouver radio reporter says people on social media, including a vocal British politician, should be more careful about spreading fake news.
Lasia Kretzel was working for CKOM in Saskatoon in 2015 when she attended a rally supporting Syrian refugees.
She wrote a story about the rally and snapped a photo of a woman with a sign around her neck that read: “My door is open for refugees.”
The same photo is circulating again on social media, but with the sign changed to: “My legs are open for refugees.”
Kretzel says the altered photo was tweeted on the weekend by Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party and a member of the European Parliament.
Kretzel called out Farage on Twitter, saying she had taken the original photo, and he acknowledged the sexualized picture as phoney.
“The photo turns out to be Fake News, but the refugees welcome brigade need to think harder about what is happening,” Farage later said in a tweet that Kretzel saved in a screen grab.
The photo was no longer on Farage’s page on Monday.
Kretzel said she had seen the altered photo on the internet before, but didn’t speak out about it until she noticed someone prominent touting it as real. Farage has 1.2 million followers and his post was retweeted several thousand times.
American actor James Woods also retweeted the altered picture with the caption: “Finally, a real solution to stop immigration.”
Kretzel, now a reporter with Vancouver station CKWX, said it’s frustrating.
“It sucks when you see your own image used in a false way,” said the 29-year-old. “With the amount of time and work that we put into gathering real information and, in an era of fake news … this doesn’t help the discussion.”
She said she doesn’t know the woman in the photo but feels for her.
“I don’t know if she’s aware that her image is being shared, and that honestly makes me feel bad.”

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Federal government won't pursue deportation of Abdoul Abdi, Ralph Goodale says
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Published:
July 17, 2018
Updated:
July 17, 2018 11:41 PM EDT
Abdoul Abdi's sister Fatouma Abdi, second from left, leaves Federal Court with supporters after a hearing to determine whether deportation proceedings should be halted for the former child refugee, in Halifax on Feb. 15, 2018.Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the federal government will not pursue the deportation of former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi.
The announcement comes days after a Federal Court judge set aside a decision to refer the case of Abdi to a deportation hearing, saying Ottawa did not take his charter rights into consideration.
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Goodale says the government “respects the decision filed on July 13 by the Federal Court concerning Abdoul Abdi.”
The Government of Canada respects the decision filed on July 13 by the Federal Court concerning Abdoul Abdi. The Go… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) July 17, 2018
The Canada Border Services Agency detained Abdi — who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia — after he served about five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.
Last week, Justice Ann Marie McDonald sent the matter back for “redetermination” by a different delegate of the public safety minister.
Abdi, who was born in Saudi Arabia in 1993, lost his mother in a refugee camp when he was four and came to Canada with his sister and aunts two years later. He was taken into provincial care shortly after arriving in Canada.
He was moved between foster homes 31 times. He lost his native language and developed behavioural problems that advocates say were not adequately treated. Those issues led to problems with the justice system and his non-citizenship put him at risk of deportation.
Abdi’s case has prompted supporters to call on the Nova Scotia government to intervene on his behalf, and sparked protests at events with federal leaders including a town hall earlier this year with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Lower Sackville, N.S.
http://torontosun.com/news/national/...h-goodale-says

Conservative party pulls attack ad of black man walking over Trudeau tweet
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Published:
July 17, 2018
Updated:
July 17, 2018 7:35 PM EDT
OTTAWA — The Conservative party pulled an attack ad from its Twitter feed Tuesday that depicted a black man carrying a suitcase walking over a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The tweet is rolled out as a carpet entering a broken fence and the words “faith” and “diversity” are visible.
The Conservative party pulled an attack ad from its Twitter feed Tuesday that depicted a black man carrying a suitcase walking over a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The image from that deleted tweet is seen here in an undated screen capture. Twitter / @CPC_HQ via @journo_dale / THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Tories have argued that a Trudeau tweet from January 2017 is partly to blame for the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States.
Conservative party spokesman Cory Hann says the ad was axed because the situation at the border is not about any one group of people.
Hann says the image, which shows an actual person “illegally” crossing over the Canadian border, was originally used by a number of media outlets with stories about the surge in asylum seekers.
The full photo shows the man with a group of people carrying suitcases in Quebec, while the edited image used by the Conservative party singled out one man.
A quote from a story in the Financial Post is superimposed on the image which says, “Trudeau’s holier-than-thou tweet causes migrant crisis — now he needs to fix what he started.”
In an opinion piece published Tuesday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen accused the Tories of “peddling false information to stoke fear” and called it “ridiculous” that they blame the flow of asylum seekers on Trudeau’s tweet.

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DENMARK CRISIS: Cracks down on burkas, extremism
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Published:
July 17, 2018
Updated:
July 17, 2018 2:10 PM EDT
Burka-clad women protest the upcoming band of the controversial garment in Denmark. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Denmark has long been known for Lego and liberalism.
No more.
One of the most tolerant nations on earth is about to ban the controversial burka. The garb covers all but the eyes of a woman.
High crime, ghettoization and a lack of integration into Danish life triggered the backlash. The country plans to flatten more than 20 of its most dangerous ghettos by 2030.
A Muslim woman protests in Copenhagen. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
More than half the residents are non-Western, authorities say.
Denmark is taking aim at Muslim immigrants with the introduction of controversial laws intended to protect “Danishness” and torpedoing so-called “parallel societies.”
And beginning in the fall, the Danes are forcing families living in the ghettos to send their kids to school to learn the language — and values. Christmas and Easter will also be taught.
Tourists enjoy the liberal, fun-loving Denmark in Copenhagen. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Parents who refuse could lose their welfare benefits.
Denmark has welcomed has accepted thousands of refugees and immigrants fleeing Islamic countries. And like Germany and others, integrating the newcomers has proven to be a challenge.
The latest wave comprises almost 10% of the country’s tiny 5.7 million population.
According to the Daily Mail, the move appears to have been triggered by the growth of far-right political parties.
Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark sparked outrage in Pakistan. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
“People with the same problems have clumped together. We have (until now) let it go, perhaps with the naive idea that integration would happen on its own over time … but it hasn’t,” Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.
Among the measures:
Banning the burka next month.
Double the penalties for crime in the ghettos.
Increased surveillance to combat extremism
Parents who send their children home could face four years in prison if it’s suspected they’ve been radicalized.
Many of the initiatives would have been unthinkable a decade ago in liberal Denmark. But mass immigration has hardened attitudes.
Even some longtime Muslim immigrants agree with the changes
Taher Mustafah, 59, has lived in Denmark since 1985. He pointed to one veiled woman and shook his head, the Daily Mail reports.
Hardline Minister of Integration Inger Stoejberg has led the charge. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
“She is Tunisian and her husband is an Iraqi. My view is that if you live in a country, you should show respect for the society in which you live,” he said.
“She should not wear the burka here in Denmark and soon she will not be allowed to.”
But Jaber Saleh, 40, is not pleased. Since coming to Denmark in 2001 he has “clung to his roots.”
His son went to an Arabic school that was closed after the government accused staff of terror links.
“The government was wrong,” Jaber said. “It was a good school where Hassan was taught in the Arabic language, not Danish, and he learnt the Qur’an. He speaks Arabic at home and has no Danish friends, and I am pleased about that.”
He added: “I don’t want him to learn from them bad things, the swearing, the low moral code of Denmark. This society is too lax. I will do anything to avoid my son learning the values of Denmark.”
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Twin_Moose
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But Jaber Saleh, 40, is not pleased. Since coming to Denmark in 2001 he has “clung to his roots.”
His son went to an Arabic school that was closed after the government accused staff of terror links.
“The government was wrong,” Jaber said. “It was a good school where Hassan was taught in the Arabic language, not Danish, and he learnt the Qur’an. He speaks Arabic at home and has no Danish friends, and I am pleased about that.”
He added: “I don’t want him to learn from them bad things, the swearing, the low moral code of Denmark. This society is too lax. I will do anything to avoid my son learning the values of Denmark.”

And this is an example of the problem across all Western societies with allowing non assimilating refugees in for citizenship.
 
pgs
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And this is an example of the problem across all Western societies with allowing non assimilating refugees in for citizenship.

He will do anything but leave Denmark .
 
Tecumsehsbones
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And this is an example of the problem across all Western societies with allowing non assimilating refugees in for citizenship.

"I feel you, bro."

-- Tatanka Iyotanka
 
EagleSmack
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He will do anything but leave Denmark .

I am sure it's pretty dangerous where he is from.
 
Twin_Moose
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"I feel you, bro."

-- Tatanka Iyotanka

Which approach do you personally think was better British or American model toward the handling of Native North American's persons? Or just went full Mexican with no treaties or concessions
 
EagleSmack
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Justin just started up its own ICE... NICE!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Which approach do you personally think was better British or American model toward the handling of Native North American's persons? Or just went full Mexican with no treaties or concessions

Hmm. . . genocide or genocide?

Tough choice.
 
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Israel rescues Syrian 'White Helmets' stranded in frontier area
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July 22, 2018
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July 22, 2018 10:57 AM EDT
In this June 14, 2017, file photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defence group known as the White Helmets, shows a civil defence worker carrying a child after airstrikes hit a school housing a number of displaced people in the western part of the southern Daraa province of Syria.Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets via AP / File / AP
JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said Sunday it had rescued members of a Syrian volunteer civil organization from the volatile frontier area and evacuated them to a third country, the first such Israeli intervention in Syria’s lengthy civil war.
Jordan confirmed that 800 Syrian citizens have entered its territory to be resettled in Western countries, including Canada. The volunteers, known as White Helmets, had been stranded along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights following the latest Syrian government offensive in southwestern Syria.
The Israeli military said the overnight operation was an “exceptional humanitarian gesture” done at the request of the United States and its European allies due to “an immediate threat to the (Syrians’) lives.”
The military said its actions did not reflect a change to Israel’s non-intervention policy in Syria’s war, now in its eight year, where all the warring parties are considered hostile.
The Syrians would remain in Jordan for three months before moving on to Canada, Britain and Germany, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Mohammed al-Kayed said.
“The request was approved based on pure humanitarian reasons,” he added.
In a statement released early Sunday morning Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland pledged Canada’s continued support for the White Helmets.
“Canada, working in close partnership with the United Kingdom and Germany, has been leading an international effort to ensure the safety of White Helmets and their families,” she said.
Praising the White Helmets as “courageous volunteers” who risk their lives to help fellow Syrians targeted by senseless violence, Freeland said “Canada will continue to provide significant humanitarian assistance to the people affected by this conflict in Syria.”
Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Civil Defence as the White Helmets are also known, said a number of volunteers and their families were evacuated from a dangerous, besieged area and had reached Jordan. He did not elaborate on the numbers of those evacuated.
The Associated Press first reported on Friday that U.S. officials were finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defence workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces closed in on the Quneitra province, along the Golan Heights frontier.
The officials said the White Helmets, who have enjoyed backing from the United States and other Western nations for years, were likely to be targeted by Syrian forces as they retook control of the southwest. Evacuation plans were accelerated after last week’s NATO summit in Brussels.
Since the Syrian government offensive began in June, the area along the frontier in the Golan Heights has been the safest in the southwestern region, attracting hundreds of displaced because of its location along the disengagement line with Israel, demarcated in 1974 after a war. Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since 1967. Thousands of civilians had taken shelter near the frontier to escape the government offensive.
The Syrian government is unlikely to fire there or carry out airstrikes for fear of an Israeli response.
Meanwhile, Syrian forces kept up their offensive, pounding the southern tip of the southwestern region where an Islamic State-affiliated group still holds territory.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing — 130 airstrikes since Saturday — displaced 20,000 civilians while an estimated 10,000 remain trapped in the area controlled by the militants, with their fate unknown.
The White Helmets typically have operated in opposition-held areas across Syria, places where government services are almost non-existent, voluntarily risking their lives to save hundreds of civilian lives during relentless government airstrikes and bombardments.
The government and Russia view the White Helmets as “agents” of foreign powers and have regularly accused them of staging rescue missions or chemical attacks.
Syrian state TV Al-Ikhbariya reported the Israeli evacuation of the White Helmets, calling it a “scandal” and saying “terrorist groups” now have “zero options.”
Over the last month, Syrian government forces aided by Russian air power have swept through southwestern Syria to consolidate government control over this strategic corner of the country that straddles the border with Jordan and the frontier with Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
With its new advances, government forces are, for the first time since the civil war began in 2011, retaking this territory from the rebels and restoring their positions along the disengagement line in the Golan Heights.
Since the offensive began, Jordan said it will not open its borders to the newly displaced Syrians. Jordan hosts at least 650,000 registered Syrian refugees, according to the U.N., but Amman says a similar number of undocumented Syrians are also in the kingdom.
During the latest Syrian government offensive, which began on June 19, around 300,000 Syrians have been displaced, heading toward the sealed Israeli and Jordanian borders in what the U.N. said was the largest single displacement since the Syrian civil war started in 2011.
Some Syrians have opted to be evacuated to northern Idlib province, where the opposition still holds territory. Thousands of armed men and their families were evacuated over the weekend. The Observatory said two buses carrying evacuees were held up by a pro-Syrian government militia, apparently after they went off road.
Panicked passengers, fearing for their lives, posted pictures of the militia surrounding their buses on social media.
Al-Kayed, the Jordanian spokesman, said the transfer of the 800 Syrians does not put the kingdom under any further obligations.
Israel has been sending aid into Syria for several years and has provided medical treatment to thousands of Syrians who reached the Golan Heights frontier. In the past two years, the Israeli military says it has delivered more than 1,500 tons of food, 250 tons of clothing and nearly a million litres of fuel.
The Israeli military said it will continue to aid those in need but won’t allow a massive influx of refugees into the country.
http://torontosun.com/news/world/isr...-frontier-area

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets, their families from Syria
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Published:
July 23, 2018
Updated:
July 23, 2018 7:44 AM EDT
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, file photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows civil defense workers carrying children after airstrikes hit a school housing a number of displaced people, in the western part of the southern Daraa province of Syria. The Israeli military said Sunday it had rescued members of a Syrian volunteer civil organization, known as White Helmets, from the volatile frontier area and evacuated them to a third country, the first such Israeli intervention in Syria's lengthy civil war.Uncredited / AP
OTTAWA — Canada has offered to accept dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria following a dramatic rescue over the weekend that was orchestrated by the Israeli military and personally encouraged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Named for their easily recognizable head gear, the all-volunteer White Helmets have been lauded and supported by Canada and other Western nations for their role as first responders and humanitarian workers who have saved hundreds of lives during Syria’s brutal civil war.
But with the Syrian government having regained control of much of the country, and moving to wrest back the last of several rebel-held areas in recent weeks, there had been concerns that dozens of White Helmets stranded on the border with Jordan would become targets for Syrian troops.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Sunday that Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump were among those who asked Israel to rescue the White Helmets in recent days, after leaders first talked about helping the White Helmets during the recent NATO summit in Brussels.
“Several days ago, U.S. President Trump contacted me, as did Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and others, and requested that we assist in evacuating hundreds of White Helmets from Syria,” Netanyahu said in Hebrew during an online address.
“These are people who have saved lives and whose lives were in danger. Therefore I approved their passage through Israel to additional countries as an important humanitarian gesture.”
The military operation saw the Israeli military slip hundreds of people from Syria to Jordan, though the exact numbers were still being determined; Jordanian officials initially said that 800 Syrians were rescued, though that number was later revised down to around 425.
Writing on Twitter in Arabic, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the Syrians were allowed into the country following written commitments that Germany, Britain and Canada would resettle them following the operation.
Canada has offered to host up to 50 White Helmets and their families, a senior official confirmed to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity. With the addition of family members, that could bring the total to around 250 Syrians, although the official said the actual number could be lower.
Exactly when the White Helmets will arrive is unclear; the rescued Syrians are expected to remain in a UN refugee camp for at least three months to allow for processing.
Canada has been among several countries that have provided moral and financial support to the White Helmets, which are officially known as Syria Civil Defence, including $7.5 million over the past two years to help recruit and train women.
“The White Helmets are courageous volunteers and first responders who risk their lives to help their fellow Syrians who have been targeted by senseless violence,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement on Saturday.
“When children, women, and men in Syria flee for their lives, the White Helmets run towards danger, towards the rubble, to save the innocent and the wounded. The White Helmets have witnessed vicious atrocities committed by the Assad regime and its backers.”
But the Syrian government and its Russian backers have denounced the group as little more than a tool for Western propaganda, and accused its members of being in league with Islamist insurgents.
The group, which counts about 3,000 members, insists that it is neutral. Its ranks are made up of people from all walks of life include bakers, pharmacists, and teachers. Dozens have been killed in the line of duty, including seven that were gunned down at the group’s office in the Idlib province in 2017.
The group was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for its humanitarian efforts. In 2017, a Netflix documentary about the group, “The White Helmets,” won the Oscar for best documentary short. Another documentary, “Last Men in Aleppo,” was nominated the following year for best documentary feature.
The Syrian civil war has raged since 2011, leaving 350,000 people dead and millions more displaced.
Canada previously resettled 25,000 Syrian refugees between September 2015 and February 2016.
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Syria blasts evacuation of White Helmets as ’criminal’
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Published:
July 23, 2018
Updated:
July 23, 2018 8:52 AM EDT
Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, work around destroyed buildings following reported air strikes on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Oct. 5, 2016. (Sameer Al-Doumy/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s Foreign Ministry has called the evacuation of members of the White Helmets to Jordan a “criminal process” that revealed the role of Israel, the United States and other western allies in propping up what the government considers a “terrorist group.”
In a statement Monday, a foreign ministry official called the evacuation a “smuggling operation” that also reveals Israel’s involvement in the Syrian war despite its claims to the contrary. The unnamed official said the co-operation of the U.S., Britain, Jordan, Germany and Canada also implicates them in supporting the group.
The overnight evacuation was an unprecedented operation co-ordinated among those countries to extract over 400 members of the search and rescue group from along the volatile frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where they were besieged by Syrian troops.
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Twin_Moose
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Freeland, Trudeau used 'formal interventions' to kickstart rescue of White Helmets from Syria

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It was late last month when a savvy young Canadian diplomat saw and heard the warning signs in southwestern Syria. The withdrawal of U.S. protection for rebel-held areas and the onslaught of forces loyal to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad meant only one thing for hundreds of White Helmet volunteers and their families.
They were living on borrowed time.
It wasn't long before "extremely forceful" notices were landing in the inboxes of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her top officials, multiple, confidential government and diplomatic sources told CBC News.
The information arrived on the eve of the NATO leaders' summit in Brussels earlier this month.
While the world remained transfixed by the meltdown in relations between the Trump administration and the U.S.'s closest allies, a major, dramatic rescue mission — bringing the White Helmets out of Syria and into Jordan — began to take shape.
Freeland raised the plight of the White Helmets in the region of Daraa — the cradle of the rebellion against Assad — in an emotional, off-the-cuff address during a formal dinner with her NATO counterparts.
According to federal sources, she said they had a "moral obligation" to help people that Western nations had publicly lauded.
Sources in the diplomatic community corroborated the account.
Both Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went further and used what are known as "formal interventions to draw attention to this" at the summit, said federal government sources, who could not speak publicly because of the sensitivity of the file.
The fact decision-makers were at the same table made all the difference to the international rescue plan at that critical moment.
"It would have been far more difficult had we not had that meeting, which coincided so closely with events on the ground," said one senior official.
"There was a real chance for everyone at the highest level to very quickly come to a consensus to do something."
Once back in Canada, the sources say, Trudeau ordered a marshalling of federal departments, including Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Public Safety, all of which were required to create the conditions for rescue and resettlement.

 
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Human smuggling getting sophisticated at Canada/U.S. border
Associated Press
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Published:
July 24, 2018
Updated:
July 24, 2018 7:17 AM EDT
DERBY LINE, Vt. — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.
People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents.
While the number of arrests is tiny compared with the southern border, the human smuggling is just as sophisticated.
“They are very well organized. They have scouted the area. They have scouted us,” said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Richard Ross. “Basically, we are not dealing with the JV team; this is the varsity.”
Driving the increase here, officials say, is the ease of entry into Canada, where visas are no longer required for Mexicans, and a border that receives less scrutiny and resources than the southern border, where thousands fleeing violence in Central America are being detained.
Much of the illegal border crossing activity in Vermont appears to be focused on a 30-mile (50-kilometre) segment of the Vermont-Quebec border where Interstate 91 reaches the Canadian border at Derby Line, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Montreal.
From Derby Line, it’s about a six-hour drive to New York and its teeming immigrant communities.
Guarding the border here is tricky because Derby Line and the neighbouring Quebec town of Stanstead comprise one community where homes and buildings happen to be bisected by an international border.
The community library was purposely built straddling the border to serve people in both communities. Quebecers simply cross an international boundary marked outside the library by pots of petunias. Occasionally, illegal border crossers will walk, or even drive, across near the library.
“This is really a town with an invisible border going through it,” said Stanstead resident Matthew Farfan, who has written a book about life along the border, after he left the library’s Vermont entrance and prepared to cross back into Canada.
Against this bucolic backdrop, however, there is a growing sense of unease among U.S. law enforcement authorities.
“The number of illegal alien apprehensions at the Vermont-Canada border has skyrocketed,” said Christina Nolan, Vermont’s United States attorney, whose office oversees the prosecution of people caught at the Vermont border.
So far this fiscal year, there have been at least 267 apprehensions along Vermont’s border with Canada, compared with 132 all of last year, according to statistics compiled by Nolan’s office.
In the Border Patrol sector that covers 300 miles (480 kilometres) of border with New York, Vermont and New Hampshire, agents have apprehended 324 people who crossed illegally from Canada so far this fiscal year, compared with 165 in all of 2017. Last month, agents apprehended 85 people across the three states, compared with 17 in June 2017 and 19 in June 2016, statistics show.
The statistics show no corresponding spike in illegal immigration or apprehensions elsewhere along the northern frontier. Border Patrol agents speculate it’s because the area that includes Vermont is the first stretch of land border east of the Great Lakes and is a short drive from the population centres of Canada and the U.S. East Coast.
As part of a broader recent immigration crackdown, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has set up highway checkpoints in Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York. One person was apprehended in New York on charges she had picked up four people who had crossed from Canada.
Visa-less entry into Canada for countries like Mexico and Romania, another nationality noted by Nolan and Border Patrol agents as contributing to a spike in apprehensions, play a role by making the northern border more attractive for people seeking to enter the U.S. illegally, Nolan said. A plane ticket from Mexico City to Montreal or Toronto can cost less than $350.
The Canadian government in late 2016 lifted its requirement that Mexican citizens apply for visas to enter the country as part of broader efforts to strengthen ties with Mexico. A similar requirement for Romanian citizens took effect in late 2017.
Canada views the recent visa changes for Mexico and Romania as having a minimal impact on the border, said Beatrice Fenelon, a spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
In the past two months, agents in Vermont have chased border crossers through the woods near Derby Line; there have been car chases and cases in which agents have lost sight of suspects in the woods, only to apprehend them days later.
“They have kind of gone southern-border style where they are taking a hike and they are coming through the tall grass,” Ross said. “It’s something I would have seen years ago when I worked in Harlingen, Texas.”
The agents won’t guess how many make it across.
The flow of illegal border crossers goes in both directions. Since around the time President Donald Trump took office, thousands of immigrants in the U.S. have fled north to Canada seeking asylum.
Last October in the largest single case in memory of Border Patrol agents in the Derby Line area, 16 people were apprehended at a hotel after 14 had entered the United States west of Derby Line. The other two were the smugglers.
In another case east of Derby Line, a group of eight Mexican immigrants met at a McDonald’s restaurant in Montreal after flying into Toronto and Montreal, where they hired two taxis to take them to Stanhope, Quebec, not far from where Quebec meets Vermont and New Hampshire.
After the immigrants walked six hours through the forest, they were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Norton, Vermont, while riding in a taxi from Albany, New York, court documents say.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, responsible for border security in Canada, made arrests last month in two human-smuggling cases between Stanstead and Derby Line.
In one case, the suspect, a Mexican who did not have legal status in Canada, has been convicted of bringing immigrants to the Vermont border and was sentenced to six months in jail, after which he will be deported.
The Mounties are aware of the cases and ready to help their U.S. counterparts, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Camille Habel.
But the RCMP doesn’t appear to view the problem with the same urgency as U.S. officials: “It’s not a trend yet,” Habel said.
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Associated Press writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, Michael Hill in Derby Line, Vermont, and David Sharp in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.
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Feds' hotel plan for asylum seekers unsustainable: MacLeod
Antonella Artuso
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Published:
July 26, 2018
Updated:
July 26, 2018 8:25 AM EDT
Migrants line up at an illegal border crossing between Canada and the United States. (Geoff Robins/AFP Getty Images)GEOFF ROBINS / AFP/Getty Images
The federal government’s plan to house asylum seekers in hotels is unsustainable and costly, Ontario Community Safety Minister Lisa MacLeod says.
“It could be upwards of two to three years that people are going to be living like that,” MacLeod said Wednesday. “You’ve got families in limbo and that’s just not a solution for the long term given the challenges we’re facing.”
Border Security Minister Bill Blair has said up to 800 refugees and asylum seekers currently residing in two Toronto college dorms until Aug. 9 will be accommodated in hotels.
These asylum seekers crossed into Canada through Quebec at an unauthorized point of entry and then travelled to Toronto.
The federal claims process should take only about 60 days to determine if these people are legitimate refugees or should be deported, but it now routinely stretches up to two or even three years, MacLeod said.
The Minister said she would send the Justin Trudeau government an itemized bill Wednesday for the costs provincial taxpayers have already incurred because of an inadequate response by the feds to the border issues.
“They end up on our social assistance rolls for longer, they end up in temporary shelters for much longer and that’s what is creating the crunch,” she said.
Ontario wants $200 million and counting from the federal government including $90 million for welfare payments, $86 million for shelter accommodations in Toronto and Ottawa, $20 million in education costs, $3 million to the Red Cross and additional funds for legal aid, MacLeod said.
“We’ll continue to press the federal government to pay their fair share,” she said.
Mayor John Tory meets with Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair, left, Premier Doug Ford and Police Chief Mark Saunders at Toronto City Hall on Monday. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)
Mathieu Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said it was “unfortunate” that the Ontario government chose to discuss this issue through the media rather than working directly with the federal government.
“We are always willing to work with provinces to address shared challenges related to asylum seekers,” Genest said. “We are confident that we can find a way to work together with the Government of Ontario, as that is what Canadians expect. “
Ottawa has invested $173 million to strengthen the border and speed up asylum claims, and the number of irregular migrants crossing into Canada in June was the fewest in any one month this year, he said.
“This additional funding means that 17 000 additional claims will be reviewed. Faster processing means that accepted refugees can move on to building their lives in Canada, while unsuccessful claimants are removed,” Genest said.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath predicted the outcome of this dispute would be more downloading of costs onto the level of government least likely to be able to afford it – municipalities.
“I think it’s an interesting tactic to complain that the federal government’s shirking its responsibility when the provincial government’s shirking its responsibilities,” she said.
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Refugees slowly being moved out of college dorms
Sue-Ann Levy
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Published:
July 26, 2018
Updated:
July 26, 2018 9:09 AM EDT
Agibola, a Nigerian migrant is pictured at Centennial College residency where he is being temporarily housed in Toronto on Friday, July 6, 2018. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)
With Aug. 9 just two weeks away, city officials say refugees housed in Toronto’s two community colleges are slowly being moved to other locations.
City of Toronto spokesman Beth Waldman told the Toronto Sun Wednesday that most families housed in the Humber College dorms are being relocated this week to motels in the region of Peel and other areas of the GTA.
She did not specify where that might be or how many were being relocated.
But Waldman did say that as of Wednesday morning, 555 refugees were residing in the Humber College and Centennial College dorms and that 10 households had moved into permanent housing since the dorm rooms were first offered as a temporary accommodation measure in late May.
At the end of June, Mayor John Tory — flanked by a few of council’s leftists — held a media conference to plead for financial help from the province and the feds to house the huge influx of “irregular migrants” to Toronto, which have increased from 459 some 18 months ago to 3,209.
He said the city’s response to the illegal claimants — not solely housing — will come with a price tag of at least $64.5 million during 2017 and 2018, which doesn’t include any capital costs.
The costs to house the refugees at the two colleges for part of the summer were said to be $6.3 million alone (some $3 million of that from the province.) But with school starting in the fall, the dorm rooms must be cleared out by Aug. 9 to allow actual students to use them.
Asked about those housed in Centennial College, Waldman would only say the city is “proactively working with other governments including other municipalities and community partners” to find appropriate shelter and accommodation.
One hopes that doesn’t mean community centres will need to used as Tory threatened would happen if alternatives weren’t found by Aug. 9.
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Ontario asks feds for $200M to pay for asylum seekers
Antonella Artuso
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Published:
July 26, 2018
Updated:
July 26, 2018 8:11 PM EDT
Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa Macleod turns away after scrumming with reporters at the Ontario legislature, in Toronto on Thursday, July 5, 2018.Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS
The PC majority in the Ontario Legislature passed a motion Thursday calling on the Justin Trudeau government to pick up the full tab for “illegal border crossers.”
Community Safety Minister Lisa MacLeod has sent an itemized list to the federal government totalling $200 million and counting in welfare, shelter, education, legal aid other related expenses.
“The federal government has not indicated whatsoever that they’re willing to pay for any of these costs,” MacLeod said.
Mathieu Genest, a spokesperson for federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said in an email that Ontario has opted not to participate in discussions surrounding asylum seekers so the government will engage directly with municipalities.
“Abiding by Canadian laws to keep Canadians safe and respect our international obligations is not optional, it is a requirement. It is disappointing that the Ontario government has decided to view this as a choice, and is playing politics on this issue by spreading disinformation about a vulnerable group of people,” Genest said.
MacLeod said she’s willing to meet directly with new Border Security Minister Bill Blair if that’s what the federal government prefers.
“Bill Blair has my cellphone number,” she said. “We could have that conversation and they can write the cheque.”
The federal government is responsible for the bills piling up for two reasons — because it is supposed to control the influx of people through non-legal points of entry and because it has allowed the normal 60-day processing window for asylum claims to stretch to two and three years, MacLeod said.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said it’s not illegal for people to seek asylum in Canada, and she lashed out at the Ontario government’s use of the term, “illegal border crossers.”
“I have to say I’m disgusted, disgusted with the government’s motion that’s on the order paper today to be debated,” she said Thursday.
“Because it only sows the seeds of hate with that hate-filled language… What this government is doing is inciting division and divisiveness and hatred.”
MacLeod said she welcomes people of all backgrounds and cultures, and encourages the public to show respect to everyone.
“What we’re simply saying here in the province of Ontario is the federal government has created a crisis and they have to pay for it,” MacLeod said.
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#529
I have a different proposal compared to the OP.

How about the countries that are bitching about refugees coming to their place stop making refugees in the first fuking place.
 
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http://torontosun.com/news/national/...late-september
 
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

I have a different proposal compared to the OP.

How about the countries that are bitching about refugees coming to their place stop making refugees in the first fuking place.

Syrian refugees are hardly responsible for their own plight.

There is a lot of blame to go around.
 
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http://torontosun.com/news/local-new...r-cash-promise

http://torontosun.com/news/local-new...asylum-seekers
 
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Toronto Sun articles on refugees.

Gosh, I wonder what their take is.
 
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Undocumented immigrants get help fleeing Trump's America to Canada
Washington Post
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Published:
August 4, 2018
Updated:
August 4, 2018 1:35 PM EDT
Omer Malik, 19, takes a last look back toward the United States before crossing illegally into Canada at the end of Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., on July 18. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Andre Malerba N/AAndre Malerba / For The Washington Post
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – Omer Malik knew he had to slip into Canada to avoid President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
But the 19-year-old native of Afghanistan needed a friend to help guide him. He found that friend in a 66-year-old former French teacher, one of a number of people here in the Adirondack region who believe it’s their duty to comfort and support those fleeing Trump’s vision for America.
As Malik dragged his suitcase toward the Canadian border, Janet McFetridge gave him two bags of potato chips, a knit hat and – what she considers her most important gift – a hug. Then she yelled across the thicket of cattails and flowering grasses that separated them from Quebec.
“Hello,” she called, alerting a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer that Malik was about to illegally cross the border to claim asylum. “We got someone here.”
Omer Malik accepts a hat from Janet McFetridge, one of the most visible refugee advocates, before continuing to the end of Roxham Road and illegally crossing into Canada. Malik came to the United States from Ghazni, Afghanistan. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
McFetridge is part of a loosely assembled network of progressive activists, faith leaders and taxi drivers who have mobilized to help undocumented immigrants cross the northern border. To some, they’re selfless do-gooders ushering people to better lives. To others, they’re perpetuating a problem that has debilitated Canada’s immigration system.
For centuries, residents note, towns in the Champlain Valley have been a path to security, serving as an escape route for people fleeing slavery, the Vietnam War draft and Central American wars. Now, when it comes to immigration, this GOP-friendly part of New York has become a hub of the resistance.
“We view this as our Underground Railroad,” said Carole Slatkin, an advocate who has helped immigrants traveling through Essex, New York, a town that was part of a major route for enslaved people. “While no one is being flogged, and no one is being sold, there is this sort of modern-day equivalent of feeling like people are in danger.”
Advocates say they try not to give direct advice to the immigrants, instead helping them find a place to rest or supplies to ease their journey. But the image of U.S. citizens supporting immigrants who make the trip is controversial in Canada, threatening long-standing, cross-border camaraderie.
At the end of Roxham Road in Champlain, Fiyori Mesfin, 32, crosses into Canada with her 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter, both U.S. citizens. She had been living in Las Vegas for four years but was denied asylum status. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
“To me, it’s just being abusive,” said Paul Viau, mayor of the township of Hemmingford, a Canadian farming community along the border. “There are people who sympathize with [the immigrants] and people who have a harder time with it. But no one appreciates that someone would pack them up and bring them to the border at an illegal crossing.”
Last year, as the Trump administration began enacting stricter policies against undocumented immigrants, Canada processed more than 50,000 asylum claims. That is more than double the claims made in 2016, according to Canadian government statistics.
Many of those immigrants have been crossing at unauthorized locations, such as here on Roxham Road.
Although the flow of asylum seekers into many Canadian provinces has slowed this year, there has been no let-up into Quebec. From January through June, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police apprehended 10,261 people crossing the border illegally there. Last year, the police apprehended 18,836 people.
The arrivals have sparked a backlash from segments of Canada’s political system. In late June, Toronto Mayor John Tory warned that the influx of asylum seekers had overwhelmed that city’s ability to care for them.
“We have a problem, and we need help,” Tory told Canadian reporters in a plea for more emergency housing.
Asylum seekers enter a shelter on the Canadian side of Roxham Road, which starts near Champlain, N.Y. The outpost was built to help process the recent surge of refugees and asylum seekers, which can total about 50 people a day. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
In Quebec, the leader of its nationalist party, Jean-François Lisée, has suggested constructing a wall along the southern border of the province.
Roxham Road, a narrow paved road lined by horse farms and marshes, has served as a path recently for Palestinians, Colombians, Ghanaians, Nigerians, Haitians, Zimbabweans and Pakistanis, among others.
After one taxi pulled up here, Fiyori Mesfin struggled to carry a car seat, stroller and two backpacks as she crossed the border with her two children, ages 1 and 3.
Mesfin, 32, is a single mother from Eritrea who had been living for the past four years in Las Vegas. Her children are U.S. citizens.
After she was recently denied asylum in the United States, Mesfin began to fear she could be deported or even separated from her children. So she flew to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and then boarded a Greyhound bus for Plattsburgh, New York.
“So now I am here just hoping it gets better,” Mesfin said as she pushed the stroller, while trying to manage her toddler, toward Canada.
Saman Modarage also had taken the bus.
Modarage is a Sri Lankan native who fled his country in 2005 during a civil war. He had settled in suburban Washington and worked at a liquor store in Maryland.
Saman Modarage, 51, a native Sri Lankan who has lived in Oxon Hill, Md., since 2005, decided to seek asylum in Canada after ICE agents raided a 7-Eleven near the convenience store he owned. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
But Modarage, 51, decided to try to flee Maryland for Canada after he heard that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was raiding and auditing Maryland convenience stores searching for undocumented employees.
In a recent statement, ICE noted that it has opened nearly 6,100 worksite investigations and made more than 1,500 arrests from October through July – more than five times the number of arrests made in the previous fiscal year.
“Donald Trump’s administration has pushed me here,” said Modarage, who arrived in Plattsburgh with two sets of clothing and $300. “All immigrants are under threat. . . . If I got deported, it would kill me.”
The flow of people illegally crossing into Canada from the United States has continued despite an agreement in 2002 between the countries that is designed to manage refugee movements.
The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement requires migrants to make an asylum claim in the first safe country they reach, unless they are minors or have family ties at their next destination. The agreement means many of those who try to cross from the United States into Canada at an official border station are turned away.
But a loophole permits asylum claims to be made by individuals who enter Canada covertly, such as here on Roxham Road, about five miles west of the interstate. Crossing illegally at out-of-the-way sites has become the preferred method for undocumented immigrants in the United States as well as those in the country legally who see their chance of getting asylum or permanent residency dimming.
Many take a bus from New York City to Plattsburgh, where waiting taxis transport them about 30 miles to the end of Roxham Road, a 100-yard dirt path into Canada.
Janet McFetridge has been collecting items discarded by asylum seekers crossing illegally into Canada. She has found small toys, an iPhone X, bus tickets, credit cards and driver’s licenses. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
Federal officers stationed on the other side of the border immediately arrest those who cross illegally. But if the crossers have proper identification, no criminal history and are not otherwise considered a security threat, most are released within 72 hours, said Sylvain Thibault, a coordinator at Project Refugee, a Montreal-based humanitarian group.
They then stay in a shelter, or with family or friends, while they await their hearing. They are also eligible for public assistance, health care and an opportunity to apply for a Canadian work permit.
Canadian law dictates asylum hearings should be held within 60 days.
But Paul Clarke, executive director of the Action Refugees Montreal, an advocacy group, said the government is so overwhelmed, it’s now taking up to two years for cases to be heard.
Last year, Canadian courts granted asylum in about 60 percent of cases, Clarke said. Canadian authorities have warned that far fewer of the most recent arrivals are expected to qualify.
McFetridge, the teacher turned activist, has lived in Champlain about five miles from the border for three decades. But she never paid much attention to it until after Trump’s election, when she was looking for ways to convert her agony over his win into meaningful action.
In March 2017, when she began hearing about an influx of immigrants into Canada, she decided to drive up to Roxham Road. The sight of people dragging luggage – and children – down “an isolated, lonely, country road” shook her.
The beginning of Roxham Road, in Champlain, N.Y., where it intersects with the famous North Star Road — said to have been a guiding light to slaves on the run nearly two centuries ago. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
“I was just horrified that people were leaving the United States, where we have this idea of being a beacon of hope, for another country,” she recalled. “At that point, I said, we can do something here, and I can at least give them a kind word, and recognize them as people by saying, ‘I am sorry you feel you have to do this.’ ”
McFetridge began showing up almost daily.
Last winter, after realizing many asylum seekers were arriving without warm clothes, she began handing out coats and gloves.
As the weather warmed, she transitioned her efforts to handing out snacks and toys to the children. McFetridge said she tries to avoid giving direct advice or material support to the refugees to avoid conflict with Canadian immigration authorities. But, she said, it’s important for her to be there so people know they are not alone and can cross with a sense of safety.
“I can tell them they are not going to be shot,” she said. “They’ve asked me: ‘Do I have to run? Are the police going to shoot me?’”
McFetridge, who said she encounters dozens of asylum seekers on some days, keeps a log of those she encounters.
“. . . Woman arrived by plane. 25 years in the US. Leaving son behind, degree in finance . . . Father stayed in taxi, sobbing as family left . . . Young adult – said she was bisexual & would be killed if returned to home country . . .”
Ready-made beds are seen in a small basement classroom of the First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The room is kept ready and available to asylum seekers who might need a place to stay before crossing the border. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
Although McFetridge is the most visible advocate, a broad array of community and faith organizations have also mobilized throughout the Champlain Valley to assist people who pass through.
One organization that was formed to support refugees, Plattsburgh Cares, prints informational pamphlets about how to safely reach Roxham Road. Amid complaints from Canadian officials, the group stopped distributing the pamphlets this spring. It now relies on “word of mouth” to get information out, said Slatkin, 73, the woman in Essex.
As they continue their efforts, the advocates draw comparisons to the stealth network of abolitionists used to help guide people who escaped to Canada in the 19th century.
Of the estimated 100,000 enslaved people who fled the American South between 1810 and 1850, about 40,000 made it to Canada after being hidden in houses and churches along the way, said Don Papson, president of the North Country Underground Railroad Museum in Keeseville, New York.
One of the major routes there ran through Champlain, about two blocks from McFetridge’s house, he noted. Today, before asylum seekers arrive on Roxham Road, they must travel down North Star Road, believed to be named after the star that people who escaped slavery used to guide them toward freedom.
Janet McFetridge, 66, explains to a family of Palestinian asylum seekers what will happen when they try to cross the border. McFetridge waits at this waypoint year-round, offering snacks, clothes and toys for children on the journey to Canada. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
Martha Swan, executive director of John Brown Lives, a humanitarian group based in Westport, New York, and named after the 19th-century abolitionist, said the region’s “inspiring history” is what is causing more people to “summon the courage” to support refugees. She said interest in helping the refugees has grown considerably this summer because of outrage over Trump administration’s policy of separating detained undocumented immigrants from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“You don’t have to do anything extraordinary, necessarily, but you do have to bear witness and help where you can,” said Swann, who recently helped a Nigerian woman make the trip from Los Angeles to the northern border.
At the First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburgh, the congregation decided to convert a Sunday school room into a temporary shelter for use by asylum seekers who may become stranded.
Stuart Voss, chairman of the church’s refugee committee, said the church is reviving a role it played in the late 1980s when thousands of migrants from Central America traveled through upstate New York to reach Canada.
Many spent an extended period of time in Plattsburgh – where they were fed, counseled and housed by local churches – while they waited for Canada to consider their asylum requests.
But Voss, 75, said church members now believe they must be far more discreet in their efforts than they were 30 years ago.
“We decided it wasn’t the same situation as in 1986 to 1987 because there was no ICE back then, and it was just Border Patrol,” said Voss, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which was created in 2003 in wake of 9/11. “Customs used to tell us, ‘OK, as long as they are staying with you, you can help them out.’ ”
Saman Modarage, 51, a native Sri Lankan who has lived in Oxon Hill, Md., since 2005, decided to seek asylum in Canada after ICE agents raided a 7-Eleven near the convenience store he owned. (Andre Malerba/The Washington Post)
In a statement, the Canadian police declined to comment on Americans’ role in helping the refugees but said it added resources to the border and is confident it can meet the security and humanitarian challenge.
In a separate statement, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said it is “working to identify trends and patterns” of cross-border movement into Canada.
Here along the border, the taxi drivers say they will continue transporting asylum seekers to the border.
Although the drivers say they got into the business to make money – they charge $50 to $75 in fares for a one-way trip from the bus station – they say they now see it as their duty to give advice and to comfort and calm passengers.
“They are scared. . . . They will ask me if American Border Patrol is going to be here, and how far they have to walk,” driver Troy Gelwicks said after he recently dropped a Haitian family off at Roxham Road. “I say, ‘You just have to walk 10 steps, and Canadian Border Patrol is very friendly.’ ”
As she waved goodbye to Malik, McFetridge said she is also banking that Canada’s government will continue to be more sympathetic than the Trump administration.
“But you have to be realistic,” McFetridge added. “It’s not going to work out for everybody.”
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Court extradites killer with Canadian citizenship to Romania
Sam Pazzano Courts Bureau
Published:
August 6, 2018
Updated:
August 6, 2018 3:46 PM EDT
Convicted Romanian killer Givan “Coco” Iusein, 48, was granted his Canadian citizenship in 2001. (supplied photo)
A convicted Romanian murderer who acquired Canadian citizenship after fleeing an 18-year sentence in his homeland has been ordered extradited to finish his prison term.
Givan “Coco” Iusein, 48, had unsuccessfully fought extradition alleging Charter rights violations that include beatings, torture and sexual assault while in custody in Romania more than two decades ago. He was convicted of murder in 1993 but escaped custody three years later.
Justice Kenneth Campbell concluded Iusein “was likely subjected to some limited physical violence” at the hands of the police immediately after his arrest in July, 1992. But that wasn’t enough to deter the judge from extraditing Iusein to Romania to serve the remaining 15 years and seven months of his prison sentence.
“I find as a fact he was not subjected to any of the further violent abuse, torture, sexual assaults and other punishments that he claimed,” Campbell recently ruled at at Superior Court in Toronto.
Iusein, then 22, and three others were convicted of murder in the July 10, 1992 stabbing death of Romanian pro wrestler Mihail Tudorascu.
Iusein, then a permanent resident of Canada, and his brother, Gihan, 50, and a limousine driver, were visiting friends in his hometown.
Iusein’s two friends lost a booze-fuelled fight with the large, muscular Tudorascu outside one bar and they retreated to retrieve weapons — two knives and a pick-axe. When they met up with Tudorascu again, they overpowered him and stabbed him to death, court heard.
His claims of “repetitive horrific torture” during his five months in police custody in 1992 “were not confirmed or corroborated by any medical evidence,” said Campbell. “Indeed, the available medical evidence proves the alleged torture simply did not take place.”
Iusein described a litany of excruciating tortures by Romanian police. He alleged his testicles were shocked with electrodes attached to his genitals.
He also testified he was chained and blindfolded to a chair while water was poured over his face to simulate drowning. He also alleged tormentors chained him naked to a ceiling water pipe so that only his toes touched the floor.
“In my view, his testimony (about torture) is almost entirely fabricated and wildly exaggerates the violence he may have actually suffered at the hands of the police,” said Campbell.
After serving over a year of his prison sentence, Iusein was freed in December 1994 on a medical leave for hepatitis and an ulcer. The leave lasted 21 months.
When Iusein was supposed to return to prison in September, 1996, he escaped by bus to Budapest, flew to Venezuela and ultimately to Canada later that year, using photocopied immigration papers.
It took him four years to acquire his citizenship in 2001 — despite racking up convictions in Canada and concealing his ciminal past in Romania.
In 1999, he was convicted of assault with intent to resist arrest and credit card fraud in 2011.
“Were you surprised that you were actually granted citizenship?” asked Iusein’s lawyer Edward Prutschi.
“Yes, I was because it took me four years, like being in investigation and everything,” said the killer, who added he fled Romania in 1996 because he was “innocent.”
Iusein and his family left Romania when he was teenager in 1983, going to Turkey and staying two years in a refugee camp. He also lived two or three years as a refugees in Italy, before arriving in Canada with his family in 1988.
Iusein met and married his Romanian wife, North York hairdresser Andreea Hristu, 45, in 1990 and they had a baby boy, Daniel, two years later. The couple had lived together for 23 years.
Iusein was arrested on an extradition warrant in February 2013, but granted bail. A few months later, after a surety applied to cancel his bail, Iusein absconded again and was re-arrested in early 2015 and has been in custody since.
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http://torontosun.com/news/local-new...hip-to-romania
 
Dixie Cup
Conservative
+1
#536
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Because there ain't no murderers nor child molesters in the west.



You obviously don't read very well LOL
 
spaminator
#537
http://torontosun.com/news/local-new...-college-dorms
 
justducky
#538
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Don't forget to bleat "Canadians are the kindest, most generous people in the world!"

Here is a country which is taking a stand on refugees:

"SNIP......

https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania...11-p4zwwi.html

New Zealand to ban foreigners from buying homes
By Charlotte Graham-McLay
11 August 2018 — 11:13am

Wellington: Foreigners face a ban on buying homes in New Zealand after a spending splurge by millionaires seeking doomsday bolt-holes crowded out local buyers and pushed up property prices.

Home purchases by tycoons such as tech billionaire Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder, and Matt Lauer, the former NBC host who lost his job after allegations of sexual misconduct, have led the New Zealand government to crack down on the trend.

The country's allure for the mega-rich planning a safe space to ride out the apocalypse has become almost a cliché in recent years. Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder, told The New Yorker last year: "Saying you're buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more".

But the country's centre-Left government, led by prime minister Jacinda Ardern, is blaming the apocalypse preppers for a major housing crisis, with rates of homelessness among the highest in the developed world.

.......SNIP"
 
Bar Sinister
No Party Affiliation
#539
Quote: Originally Posted by justducky View Post

Here is a country which is taking a stand on refugees:

"SNIP......

https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania...11-p4zwwi.html

New Zealand to ban foreigners from buying homes
By Charlotte Graham-McLay
11 August 2018 — 11:13am

Wellington: Foreigners face a ban on buying homes in New Zealand after a spending splurge by millionaires seeking doomsday bolt-holes crowded out local buyers and pushed up property prices.

Home purchases by tycoons such as tech billionaire Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder, and Matt Lauer, the former NBC host who lost his job after allegations of sexual misconduct, have led the New Zealand government to crack down on the trend.

The country's allure for the mega-rich planning a safe space to ride out the apocalypse has become almost a cliché in recent years. Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder, told The New Yorker last year: "Saying you're buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more".

But the country's centre-Left government, led by prime minister Jacinda Ardern, is blaming the apocalypse preppers for a major housing crisis, with rates of homelessness among the highest in the developed world.

.......SNIP"


Billionaires looking for a safe haven in case of a worldwide disaster are hardly refugees; not when they can pretty much live anywhere they want.
 
justducky
+1
#540
Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

Billionaires looking for a safe haven in case of a worldwide disaster are hardly refugees; not when they can pretty much live anywhere they want.

Billionaires have been told a conspiracy by the Kochs or someone to keep them scared and following the right wing program. They are expecting a dystopia. They need an escape hatch in case of climate change or outbreak or if the base finally get wise. If they just believed in mitigating climate change or in girl child education the world over or or sharing knowledge rather than coveting it and hoarding it to get more money they would not be so worried. I believe human ingenuity can overcome all these things (outbreak will be beaten back by Africans as they have more genetic diversity than the rest of the world and are our greatest hope for survival). Shhh. Don't tell the billionaires of the right wing that their will be financial meltdown if there is a dystopia and their money won't mean anything anymore. The billionaires are currently trying to figure out how to keep their personal security teams in place during the dystopia and not go back to help their own families and leave the billionaires on their own to cope. Guess what the billionaire right wing are not talking about saving? You. But liberals are.