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Feds need to plug our leaky border

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The number asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border irregularly into Manitoba may be falling, but that doesn’t mean the federal government should continue to ignore the problem. The Canada Border Services Agency released new figures last week that show the number of migrants intercepted by the RCMP as they crossed …

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Asylum Seekers welcomed in Gretna after opposition

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GRETNA – Just a stone’s throw from the U.S border lies the quiet community of Gretna. It’s where an empty seniors’ complex has been turned into a temporary home, the first safe haven for asylum seekers who cross into Canada. “We’ve had people coming and going through Gretna and transitioning …

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Irregular border crossings fall in May

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According to statistics released this past week, the number of irregular border crossings for the month of May near Emerson Manitoba has dropped to 106 from 146 in the previous month. This follows an earlier drop of approximately 14% from March to April. “I am very pleased to see the …

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Refugee Day

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OTTAWA, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Refugee Day: “On World Refugee Day, we honour the strength and resilience of the millions of people around the world fleeing conflict, insecurity, and persecution. We solemnly acknowledge the hardships they face, …

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Message from the Governor General of Canada on World Refugee Day

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OTTAWA, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ – Canadians claim more than 200 ethnic origins and speak more than 200 languages. This diversity is our strength as a country, a fact understood by all Canadians. When faced with the refugee crisis, we responded with compassion and generosity. That outpouring of solidarity speaks volumes …

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Standing with refugees

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By the time you finish reading this sentence, someone on the planet will be forced to flee his or her home due to persecution, human rights violations or war. In 2016, an average of 20 persons were forcibly displaced every minute. And as I write this piece, over 65.6 million …

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It’s time to fix the broken refugee system

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Headlines about refugees tell intrinsic truths. Cumulatively they give us the essence of the story. And that essence is distressing. Consider this contemporaneous selection: “Europe turns its back on desperate migrants”; “Hundreds of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean”; “Trump budget cuts refugee resettlement funding”; “Refugee processing has ground to a …