Asylum seekers in Canada who fled Trump now trapped in legal limbo-

And the Canadians don't like the invasion one bit. Years ago I read that Canada was next on the illegals "hit list" because of their welfare programs. Of course now they're blaming Trump. Who cares, as long as they leave. And Canada, now you can get a craw full of the havoc demoslops in this country have brought on the US for all these years, and most likely start to enjoy bombings, beheadings, and all the other joys associated with one group of the invaders.


TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Thousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enroll their children in schools.

Refugee claims are taking longer to be completed than at any time in the past five years, according to previously unpublished Immigration and Refugee Board data provided to Reuters. Those wait times are set to grow longer after the IRB in April allocated “up to half” of its 127 tribunal members to focus on old cases. The number of delayed hearings more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 and is on track to increase again this year.

Hearings are crucial to establishing a claimant’s legal status in Canada. Without that status, they struggle to convince employers to hire them or landlords to rent to them. Claimants cannot access loans or student financial aid, or update academic or professional credentials to meet Canadian standards.

Canada's refugee system was struggling to process thousands of applications even before 3,500 asylum seekers began crossing the U.S. border on foot in January. It lacks the manpower to complete security screenings for claimants and hear cases in a timely manner. Often there are not enough tribunal members to decide cases or interpreters to attend hearings, the IRB said.

More than 4,500 hearings scheduled in the first four months of 2017 were canceled, according to the IRB data.

The government is now focused on clearing a backlog of about 24,000 claimants, including people who filed claims in 2012 or earlier. That means more than 15,000 people who have filed claims so far this year, including the new arrivals from the United States, will have to wait even longer for their cases to be heard.

Asylum cases are already taking longer to finalize, on average, than at any time since Canada introduced a statutory two-month time limit in 2012. This year, it has been taking 5.6 months on average, compared to 3.6 months in 2013.

Mohamed Daud, 36, left his family and a pending refugee claim in the United States and walked into Canada in February after hearing rumors of U.S. immigration raids. Daud, originally from Somalia, had been living and working legally in Nebraska but feared he would be detained and then deported at an upcoming check-in with immigration officials.

His May 8 hearing with a Canadian refugee tribunal was canceled three days beforehand. He has not been given a new date.

"I don’t know when they will call me. I can’t work. It isn’t easy," said Daud. While waiting for a work permit, he gets approximately C$600 ($453) a month in government social assistance and shares a room in an apartment with six other asylum seekers.

Still, Daud doesn't regret abandoning his life in the United States.

"The worry, the fear is the same," he said.

To try to speed cases through, Canada’s refugee tribunal has put people from certain war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen on an expedited track that requires no hearings.

Border agents are working overtime to address the backlog in security screenings, said Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who oversees the Canada Border Services Agency.


Asylum claimants are eligible for work permits while awaiting hearings, but employers are often reluctant to employ people with temporary social insurance numbers whose future is uncertain, refugee lawyers told Reuters.

"How do you establish yourself when your status is unknown?" said Toronto-based lawyer Aadil Mangalji.

This year is on track to be the highest year for refugee claims since at least 2011, according to government statistics.

The stresses on the Canadian system mirror those of other countries with an open door policy. In Sweden, rising financial strains involved in resettlement were partly behind a move to introduce tough asylum laws.

Honduran Raul Contreras, 19, who walked across the Quebec border in March and whose hearing has been postponed indefinitely, is staying in a government-subsidized Toronto hotel with his mother, step-father and uncle. Contreras, who spends his days at a local library or working out in the hotel gym, says he has been repeatedly rejected by landlords.

"They just said that they didn't rent places to refugee claimants," he said. "(They) said that refugees don't have jobs and probably wouldn't pay."

(For a graphic on Canadian asylum delays, click

(Editing by Ross Colvin)

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The real crazy thing is most people, Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Liberals, most (not all) people if they absolutely didn't know another person's political beliefs or religious beliefs and neither came up would most likely get along famously with the very person they decry and hate based upon those political issues.  They would be great friends and defend the person if that person was attacked but just add Politics or Religion into the equation and our pre-conceived biases and prejudicial opinions, often themselves based in third party information that may or may not be correct, make those very same people the most horrible individuals occupying the planet.   

Most people develop their opinions about the person or politicians base entirely on what they hear from people or sources that are already highly biased.  Trump, at one time, was a Democrat and endorsed many liberal causes and supported many liberal candidates and was a champion of many or most Democrats.  NBC was in love with Trump and he was helping them out but just let Trump announce he is running for President, as a Republican and endorsing some Conservative issues and opinions and he goes from hero to goat and the worst person in the world or that has been born.  

It doesn't have to be Donald Trump but put anyone's name in there and it applies to Democrats as it does also to Republicans.  The same, I believe, also applies with respect to Religion.  There are people on here, this forum, that I believe would famously get along and be friends and supportive of each other if it were not for various post and positions on the Political or Religion forum.  Not that it's strange but it is unfortunate and reflects our passions and the degree to which many of us hold to our personal beliefs and opinions.  

So how does this apply to this topic or thread?  Here many people (now and before) make such huge, life changing decisions, based upon a simple election and the election of a person that they actually, most likely, know absolutely nothing about or what they are actually, really, like but are basing their opinions on third party information, or worse, advice.  True the election of a specific Party's person will affect various policies and the way money is spent from Washington but to leave the Country is a huge decision but then many people that up and leave like that don't have jobs, are homeless, or really have not much to leave behind in the first place.  

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