Thursday, September 20, 2007

Illegal Mexican & Haitian Workers fleeing to Canada from Florida

I came across this interesting article today. It looks like there are a number of questionable special interest groups that are convincing Mexican & Haitian Illegal Workers to take flight to Windsor (as a Michigan girl, I know Windsor is "across the street" from Detroit). Will the Exploitation of these people Never End?

Canada is blaming ICE & the Dept of Homeland Security.

From the article:

Refugees Pose ‘Potential Crisis’

Over the past three weeks, 45 families and 31 individuals—approximately 200 people—entered Canada at the Detroit River crossings and applied in Windsor for shelter and social assistance after filing refugee claims with the Canada Border Services Agency. Municipal agencies dealing with the sudden influx of mainly Mexican refugee applicants are renting out hotel rooms and bracing for predicted thousands more to come.

“I don’t believe that Windsor’s residents and taxpayers should have to foot the bill for U.S. immigration policy,” said Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis .

With the bulk of the latest arrivals being long-time Mexican illegals dislodged from their homes and workplaces in southwestern Florida, fingers are being pointed at unscrupulous outfits charging money and then directing desperate individuals and their families toward the Windsor border crossing.
“We are aware of these operations—they have been advertising incorrect and false information,” said Marina Wilson, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Wilson said Canadian immigration authorities have started contacting the Mexican and Haitian communities in Florida, as well as local media there, to get the word out that nothing has changed in Canadian refugee policy.

“The fact someone wants to come here for better economic opportunity or a better quality of life … that’s no basis for a successful refugee claim,” said Immigration Refugee Board (IRB) spokesman Charles Hawkins.

But a group operating out of Naples, Fla., vowed to continue sending the so-called economic refugees to Windsor.

“They ask, ‘Is Canada an option?’ and I say, ‘Yes, it is an option,’“ Jacques Sinjuste of the Jerusalem Haitian Community Center said in a phone interview Wednesday. For a US$300 “donation” (most of those interviewed in Windsor claim they paid US$400), JHCC staff download forms off the Internet, help applicants fill them out and give directions on how to get to the Canadian border.

10 comments:

patriot said...

I think I will send Canada a sympathy card.

Dee said...

Pat,
This goes to the heart of the issue.

The workers are being exploited!!

First, by the employers who enticed them here. Many brought them here, hired them, gave them false papers, and they have been here for up to 20 years.

Next, with the ICE Enforcements, new exploiters are contacting them, scaring them, exploiting them and charging them $400 and giving them free downloaded forms and a map to Canada.

Think of the Exploitation!! How Criminal!!

patriot said...

They allowed themselves to be exploited. They knew they were coming here against the laws of this country. They are to blame right along with the employers. They are accomplices to the crime just as if a bank robber asks you to drive the get-away car. The robber and the driver of the car are both guilty. You certainly operate under a different moral code than most adults do.

ultima said...

This is great news. Canada is right when it blames the administration for its failure to enforce immigration laws and deport the violators quickly before they have a chance to burden another country just as they have burdened ours.

patriot said...

I hope that the Canadian government raises holy hell with our government for not securing it's southern border that would have prevented this from happening.

Liquidmicro said...

“The fact someone wants to come here for better economic opportunity or a better quality of life … that’s no basis for a successful refugee claim,”

Say's it all!!! Most had jobs prior to leaving Mexico. Therefor they do not and can not qualify for refugee status.

"To be successful, refugee claimants must prove they are fleeing persecution at home, something most of the Mexicans arriving in Windsor would be hard-pressed to do."

This character "Jacques Sinjuste of the Jerusalem Haitian Community Center said in a phone interview Wednesday. For a US$300 “donation” (most of those interviewed in Windsor claim they paid US$400), JHCC staff download forms off the Internet, help applicants fill them out and give directions on how to get to the Canadian border." is offering a service that the "illegals" are foolish enough to pay for, they should be doing some basic research for themselves, again it is their choices that they make that put them in the positions they are in by their own faults, why then should the American Citizen pay for their stupidity and selfishness.

Dee said...

I agree that these folks are being exploited. They are being terrorized by fear of deportation. They are looking for help. Then groups like this come by their neighborhoods and exploit them again by convincing them to spend $400 to obtain forms they could easily download on the internet.

It is very sad!!

patriot said...

If people allow themselves to be exploited, I have no sympathy for them. Especially when they also broke the law.

patriot said...

I just found out that Canada does not allow automatic birthright citizenship to babies born on their soil. One parent has to be a Canadian citizen. Now that makes sense. Most countries have the same policy of at least one parent or both parents having to be citizens. That should discourage a few illegals from migrating to Canada.

We need to pass HR1940 and rescind the 14th Amendment's current interpretation in our country.

i.m.small said...

THE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS

The recent and the present strife
Is culmination of
The racism pervading life
Of these United States, as wove
Into the national fabric--prove
Me wrong: so it was played by Rove.

The policy was utterly
Divisiveness, alas!
But there are many such as me
Who gladly will allow to pass
This white supremacy, such as
Great influence pervasive has.

Elections have been won upon
True fears exaggerated--
But there is little to be done:
The demographics, unabated,
Are changing, a new world created
Within this Union consecrated.

Perhaps the union will not last--
It takes a certain broad
Agreement, which is fading fast,
To steer away from slander, fraud,
And to abide (though process flawed)
By laws which any should applaud.

Equality of all before
The law were universal,
But now such reason men deplore,
So eager each to snatch his morsel
(Or property conveyed by parcel),
That it seems will come no reversal:

Reversal of the huger trend
As toward dictatorship,
Theocracy--though they pretend
Democracy, as try to grip
Dominant portion and equip
Themselves all others for to gyp.

Lord, each has his distaste, disdain
For persons of another sort,
Yet it ought not be outright pain
To get along if not cavort--
But mutual agreement slain
Of everyone to be a sport,
Nor victories by cheat attain,
Though words are long, makes prospect short.

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