Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 4:49 pm Post subject: Anti-Immigrant groups protest at illegal entry point
There is a place on the Quebec border where there is free entry to Canada. I have seen footage of a busload of people arriving as if it were a connecting bus at an airport or train. The police and officials had set up a structure to facilitate applications for asylum No questions asked. They are housed at the Big 'O' in Montreal until better arrangements are provided.
The first time I saw this kind of footage, the structure was only a tent, and there were only family-sized groups crossing. It's obviously growing. If you have to get out of the USA for some reason because laws that weren't being enforced now are, this might be an attractive alternative.
This is the latest ...
Far-right groups, counter-protesters rally over asylum seekers at Canada-U.S. border Competing protests held near site of Roxham Road, where asylum seekers have been crossing
CBC News · Posted: May 19, 2018 1:50 PM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago
Duelling protests were held on Saturday at a major Quebec-New York border crossing close to where thousands of asylum seekers have illegally crossed into Canada in recent months.
The demonstrations at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., border took place under a heavy police presence, which ensured the two sides were kept apart.
At the rally organized by far-right groups, including Storm Alliance, a self-described "ultranationalist" group, people denounced the Liberal government's handling of what they called "illegal immigration."
"I'm against illegal immigration, I'm against the Trudeau government," said Mike Noble, a construction worker who made the trip from Ottawa for the protest.
"My grandpa fought for this country during World War 2. My great grandfather fought for this country during World War 1 and I just can't let criminals, ISIS members, come here and try to destroy my people."
Counter-protesters from groups including Solidarity Across Borders staged their own demonstration to show refugee claimants they are welcome in the country. One of the protesters, activist Jaggi Singh, was arrested.
Activist Jaggi Singh, centre, clashes with provincial police during a protest in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., on Saturday. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)
The rallies led to disruptions at the border crossing during the busy holiday weekend.
The crossing was closed for more than two hours Saturday afternoon. Quebec provincial police were also temporarily forced to block off Highway 15 in both directions near the U.S. border.
SQ riot police pushing back Solidarity Across Borders counterprotesters who have blocked off Autoroute 15s. Protest declared@ illegal. Jaggi Singh detained. #manifencours
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The two sides have held rallies at the border before, including last year on Canada Day.
More than 7,600 people have entered Canada outside official border crossings so far this year. The bulk of those have crossed in Quebec at Roxham Road.
Earlier Saturday, a group of residents gathered at an event close to Roxham Road to show their support for asylum seekers.
Pro-immigration demonstrators blocked the highway next to the border on Saturday. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)
Jeff Turner, an engineer who lives nearby with his young family, said he was eager to present a counterpoint to the far-right protest.
Quebec has received 96% of asylum seekers making illegal crossings so far in 2018
He said the vast majority of people aren't nearly as "angry and unwelcoming" as those who get most of the attention.
The point is -- they aren't refugees. They are living in the USA. If it's 'underground', it's all the more reason to be suspicious. Just my personal view.
What is kind of disgusting is that I don't see any reason to associate this with the "far right". This appears to be organized by the Storm Alliance, whcih is pretty dubious sounding, but they weren't the only group. it doesn't mean there isn't a rational reason to protest the actual suspension of our normal immigration policy, which has been successful.
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Anti-Immigrant groups protest at illegal entry point