Un­til Trudeau acts on bor­der cri­sis, Canada is ba­si­cally one gi­ant sanc­tu­ary city

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What’ll it take for Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau to un­equiv­o­cally state that it’s against the law to il­le­gally en­ter Canada and that he flat out doesn’t want any­one do­ing it?

That’s what needs to be done to stem the flood of il­le­gal mi­grants cross­ing into Canada daily from the United States. It’s his prob­lem. He started it. He’s uniquely po­si­tioned to solve it.

It’s an odd no­tion, that the sen­ti­ments and say­ings of a po­lit­i­cal leader alone are enough to shift an is­sue. It should be more dif­fi­cult, more com­plex. And in some re­spects it is. But it’s a fact that Trudeau’s hash­tag virtue-sig­nalling bears a huge amount of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the il­le­gal cross­ings hap­pen­ing at the Que­bec bor­der right now.

Back in Jan­uary he is­sued his fa­mous #Wel­come­toCanada tweet that am­bigu­ously im­plied ev­ery­one was wel­come to come on in. “Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau of Canada took to so­cial me­dia to re­state the coun­try’s open-door pol­icy,” none other than The New York Times par­layed to read­ers around the world in the first sen­tence of a ma­jor story.

This mis­lead­ing sen­ti­ment con­tin­ued to be spread through­out migrant cir­cles in the in­ter­ven­ing months, bring­ing us to the cur­rent boil­ing point. “Mi­grants are be­ing mis­led about Canada’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy,” a re­cent CTV News head­line blares. “False in­for­ma­tion sends asy­lum­seek­ing Haitians to Canada,” says The Globe & Mail.

Dis­turbingly, we’ve heard lit­tle from the ac­tual gov­ern­ment when it comes to cor­rect­ing the record. And it’s not like they’ve been shy in the past at cor­rect­ing faulty in­for­ma­tion mak­ing its way onto the pub­lic record.

In Jan­uary, the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice went out of its way to ask for a correction from Fox News Chan­nel for one of their tweets that in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the back­ground of the sus­pect in the Que­bec mosque shoot­ing. But the PMO never wrote to The New York Times and other out­lets to clar­ify the “open-door pol­icy” er­ror, which has more dam­ag­ing reper­cus­sions.

The bu­reau­crats are clearly try­ing. The im­mi­gra­tion and refugee depart­ment made a Face­book post over the week­end cor­rect­ing mes­sages cir­cu­lat­ing through What­sApp and other on­line chan­nels that claims the gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come here.

“In fact, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada dis­cour­ages peo­ple from en­ter­ing Canada out­side of des­ig­nated ports of en­try as it can be dan­ger­ous and is a vi­o­la­tion of the law,” the post reads.

It’s been shared a measly 124 times. And im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Ahmed Hussen, who’s been near silent on the most press­ing is­sue of his port­fo­lio, did tweet out the link with­out any added com­ment.

But do you know whose tweet would gar­ner way more than 124 shares? Justin Trudeau’s. He’s the brand. He’s the me­ga­phone. He’s got the power to set the world straight.

Why doesn’t he do What’s the hold up?

Mi­grants have told re­porters they’re mak­ing the trek be­cause they’ve been told Trudeau is wel­com­ing them. The truth though, when it comes to this lat­est crop of ar­rivals orig­i­nally from Haiti, is that there’s a good chance they’re just go­ing to be sent back once their claims are pro­cessed. Why is Trudeau let­ting them en­ter un­der false pre­tenses largely of his own cre­ation?

Sure, the Lib­er­als cam­paigned on be­ing open and pro­gres­sive. Cana­di­ans took them up on that. But no­body, save for a hand­ful of fringe ac­tivists, ac­tu­ally wants them to sup­port open bor­ders and sanc­tu­ary cities? Right? Please, tell me I’m right. Be­cause, if not, we’ve got much big­ger prob­lems afoot.

Although right now it doesn’t mat­ter, be­cause un­til Trudeau acts, Canada is al­ready one gi­ant sanc­tu­ary city.

Do we have any more Olympic Sta­di­ums ly­ing around? Be­cause the first one’s fill­ing up fast. it?

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