I have not revisited one of my major complaints about Justin Trudeau’s Liberal regime ~ illegal migrants ~ for a while, but this item, by Mike Armstrong on Global News, brings me back to it. “A Nigerian sex offender who crossed into Canada at Roxham Road is appealing his extradition to the U.S. on the grounds he should be considered a refugee,” Mr Armstrong reports, noting that Attorney General David Lametti ordered the self-confessed child pornographer to be returned to Texas last March. The illegal migrant (he’s named in the story) was taken into custody 19 months ago.
The illegal migrant’s Canadian lawyer “says the minister’s order should be quashed because it didn’t consider that if returned to the U.S. [he] might be deported to Nigeria. [The lawyer] also argues the minister should have considered the conditions [the illegal migrant] would face in Texas prisons. And finally, she says the minister didn’t have the jurisdiction to determine [he] wasn’t a refugee under the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.“
I am not confident that justice will take the course that I believe it should because, Mike Armstrong reports, “Despite being a flight danger and a potential threat, at one point, Prince was released from custody and spent three days living on Montreal’s West Island … [when] … Quebec Superior Court Justice Daniel Royer ordered Prince released on Aug. 2, 2018. The U.S. had filed an extradition request for the imposition of a prosecution, but as [the illegal migrant] had already pleaded guilty, the extradition request should have been for the imposition of a sentence … [because] … Royer ruled that there was insufficient evidence presented at the hearing to hold [the illegal migrant] for prosecution and ordered him released.” Very properly, Canadian judges place a heavy burden on government prosecutors who would deprive any individual of his or her liberty. The illegal migrant’s lawyer just has to make one argument that will persuade a judge that the Crown has not met its (properly very heavy) burden of proof in order to release the prisoner … and that is how it should be.
What should not be, what should not exist at all, is the “open border” that Justin Trudeau directed and still seems to support. I understand that there might be a problem in returning them, directly to the USA after they make an asylum claim but they ought to be detained, in camps where they are safe, fed, clothed, etc but held while awaiting formal deportation because they have no “right” to stay in Canada. What also should not be, what should not be there, is Canada’s signature on the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration. Some critics say that the compact threatens to undermine Canada’s control over its own borders ~ if there is even a slight chance that they are correct then Canada should withdraw from it. Others, including Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, say it’s not legally binding (same link) ~ if he’s correct then Canada should also withdraw because we ought not to sign onto meaningless declarations.
Let me be very clear:
- There is nothing wrong with the fundamentals of Canada’s merit-based, colour-blind immigration system ~ Ahmed Hussen is here because the system works;
- Our refugee system needs a rethink, but, as it is, it is not out-of-step with the liberal-democratic world; but
- Our policy towards illegal migrants is deeply flawed. It needs a wholesale revision. As I have said, before (link above) “none is too many.”
The problem with illegal migrants can be traced, directly, back to a bit of Justin Trudeau virtue signalling when, in January 2017, when he was still a global media super-star, he could not resist taking a shot at newly elected US President Donald Trump and he said, on social media, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada“. His intent doesn’t matter; his message was taken, by many migrants in the USA as an invitation to come to Canada, illegally, and it was taken by Canadain officialdom as political direction to “welcome” illegal migrants.
The end result of Justin Trudeau’s ineptitude is that we have a self-confessed child pornographer in a Canadian courtroom appealing a ministerial deportation order because he ~ the illegal migrant ~ is convinced that he has a chance to evade justice here in Trudeau’s Canada … he may be right.
That illegal migrant would never have been allowed to set foot in Canada before 2017, but then came Prime Minister Trudeau and now we have a new Canada where paedophiles are welcome, as long as they might vote Liberal.