[2/27/18] In response to Donald Trump’s (short-lived) ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tweeted that Canada’s borders were open to asylum seekers.
According to Canada’s state media, more than 400 refugees a month are crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada, most headed for the “sanctuary city” of Toronto. The refugees are using Manitoba and Quebec border crossings.
Asylum seekers cannot remain in Canada long-term if they come through an official border crossing, like the one at Windsor, Ontario, unless they have documentation. But thanks to a loophole in Canada’s immigration laws—and a welcome mat rolled out by Canada’s prime minister—most who make it to Canada through unofficial crossings are allowed to stay for a while.
Canadian immigration attorneys attribute the spike to President Trump’s executive order limiting travel to and from seven majority Muslim countries (an order that is now stayed, pending either litigation or reformatting).