Canada column for Sunday, Feb. 26/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Hundreds of refugees are turning up on Canada’s doorstep – many of them risking their lives – to seek asylum.
Crossing snowy farm fields and trudging through deep snowbanks at night, men, women and young children are making their way into Manitoba, and increasingly Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.
The influx has grown as the U.S. cracks down on undocumented aliens and since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada welcomes the unfortunate refugees.
Jean-Nicolas Beuze, United Nations’ refugee agency representative in Canada, said many asylum seekers in Lacolle, Quebec said they are fleeing what they feel is an unwelcoming climate in the U.S.
Provinces are seeking assistance coping, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said as he announced funding for 14 emergency housing units and $180,000 for a refugee response worker and to pay for paralegal services and transportation costs.
The refugees are detained by the Mounties and Canada border agents for security checks, medical attention and assistance before being released to await processing.