Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shortly after crossing the Rio Grande into the gang-infested border city of Reynosa, dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump's first days in office said they would soon try to head north again - but this time to Canada.

As Trump seeks to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the United States, about half of whom are Mexican, there are some nascent signs that more Mexican migrants see a future in Canada, which in December eased travel for visitors from Mexico.

Canadian government data shows a tripling of Mexicans seeking to travel to Canada in the three months since the visa requirement was shelved.

It is not a firm indicator as many people could be genuine tourists. But tie it to a surge in calls and emails to immigration lawyers from recently arrived Mexicans looking for work permits, as well as the accounts of deportees like Rita and Mexicans already in Canada, and it suggests a new migration pattern may be emerging.

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Seven immigration lawyers, consultants and activists told Reuters that requests for legal advice from Mexicans who had entered Canada since Dec. 1 had roughly tripled compared with the same period in 2015-2016, while Mexico's Canadian consulates are also receiving more requests for help.

Between December and late February, Canada has granted more than 61,500 eTAs (Electronic Travel Authorization forms) to Mexicans, about triple the number of quarterly tourist applications received in the year before the visa requirement was scrapped, official Canadian data shows. The true scale of Mexican immigration will only become fully apparent in June, when early arrivals on these eTAs are due to leave.

Flight bookings from Mexico to Canada also swelled 90 percent in January and February versus the same period in 2016, according to travel analysis company ForwardKeys, which reviews all major travel agency bookings. It is unclear what percentage of those bookings were made by people looking to work illegally in Canada.

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An immigration lawyer friend of mine in Calgary told me that she has already gotten hundreds of calls from people in Mexico asking if she could help them get work permits in Calgary because Vancouver and Toronto are already backlogged.

Good luck with that, eh.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-03-16 07:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

There are dozens maybe hundreds of walking routes from Canada to the US that are not controlled.
It won't take long before bus companies take Mexicans directly from Canadian airports to uncontrolled border crossings.

Good luck with that wall thingy suckers!

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-16 09:23 PM | Reply

Sounds like the Canadian housing market could benefit from cheaper construction workers.
I have a relative in BC looking to build a house. If you know of an experienced Mexican construction crew willing to work up north, send their contact info to rcade.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-16 09:30 PM | Reply

It won't take long before bus companies take Mexicans directly from Canadian airports to uncontrolled border crossings.

It's not as easy as you might think.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-16 09:35 PM | Reply

If you are willing to hike over night there are lots of routes near Osoyoos and Waterton lake.
Plenty of boats have been moving bales on the west coast for years.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-16 09:44 PM | Reply

#2

Unclear on the concept...they are going to Canada to stay there.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-03-16 09:45 PM | Reply

...there are lots of routes near Osoyoos and Waterton lake.

I know. I live here. I also know how inconspicuous a busload of Mexicans would be in northern Montana and Idaho.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-16 10:09 PM | Reply

Drive at night.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-16 10:39 PM | Reply

#6 Some will. So what?

#9 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-16 10:40 PM | Reply

Drive at night.

To Utah?

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-16 10:47 PM | Reply

Talk has been cheap coming out of Canada for my whole life. We'll see how serious they've been about "da Canadien valueez".

My guess? In a couple of years, it won't be just US citizens racing to get a wall built down there.

#11 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-03-17 03:35 AM | Reply

Canada is already much more diverse than the US and is doing great due to immigration.
Immigrants from Mexico don't rank in the top ten countries of origin yet.
en.wikipedia.org

Canada isn't full of racist knuckleheads that think a wall is going to keep the ------- out.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-18 07:29 PM | Reply

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