While the Trump Administration has cracked down on illegal immigration in the United States, an increasing number of immigrants are seeking asylum in Canada. More than 20,000 people in the United States illegally crossed the border into Canada seeking asylum in 2017. The noted increase in asylum seekers in Canada is continuing into 2018, as Reuters estimates that over 1,500 individuals crossed the border into Canada in January alone.
Canada’s asylum system has done its best to handle the influx of new asylum seekers, but delays have still occurred. With the increase in asylum seekers, Canadian immigration courts simply cannot keep up.
In addition to delays in the courts, aid agencies are having difficulties accommodating the immigrants. Toronto has taken an especially proactive approach; they spent about $20 million to house new immigrants in hotels through 2018. However, the city of Toronto noted that they cannot continue to support refugees at the levels they currently are without the support of the Canadian federal government.
VERDICT: Canada has done about as much as it can to demonstrate their support for new immigrants seeking asylum. Fear of deportation has pushed some immigrants to the United States to seek safe haven elsewhere. Canada is doing what it can, but it is unlikely the country will be able to maintain the level of support it has offered so far.