View Post

What My New Syrian Friends Have Taught Me About Parenting

In News by MIIC

The boys are eight, nine and 11. I stand behind them and watch as the 11-year-old crashes yet another car into a concrete embankment. It bursts into flames and explodes. His avatar leaps free of the blast just in time. In moments, he is tearing down the sidewalk and elbowing …

View Post

If asylum-seeking is working, what does failure look like?

In News by MIIC

Our prime minister went to great pains this past week, with the best serious-looking face he could muster, to spin us the line that the refugee system is working. He must be wearing blinkers. There is a tent city at the Quebec-U.S. border set up by the military. Frost warnings …

View Post

‘It put a big mission on our shoulders’

In News by MIIC

Rami Tawil and his family left Syria for the safety of Canada 20 months ago. But he didn’t leave behind his drive for the world of business. The 42-year-old father of three is taking English classes, working a full-time job, and reconciling his family’s new, safer life in a suburban Calgary …

View Post

El Salvadorans could be next wave of border crossers into Canada

In News by MIIC

OTTAWA — Officials in Canada and the U.S. are concerned that the next wave of asylum seekers at the border could be a population far bigger than the Haitians crossing now. More than 260,000 El Salvadorans are facing deportation from the United States if their temporary protected status there is …

View Post

Justin Trudeau is between a rock and a heart place on immigration

In News by MIIC

The way Justin Trudeau speaks about the surge of “irregular arrivals” across the Quebec-New York border, you’d think he was talking about a minivan of tourists who got lost on the way to Schenectady. So breezy is the Prime Minister you might have missed the fact these arrivals have more …

View Post

Canada warns migrants in US against asylum ‘shortcutting’

In News by MIIC

After meeting with federal and provincial immigration officials in Montreal on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the United States’ northern neighbor would not tolerate individuals who attempt to cross the border illegally. However, he reiterated the message that Canada remained an open and tolerant country. “Canada is …