World Events: Highlights of February 24, 2017
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to publicly dispute any reports about contact between Russia and the Trump campaign. This was after the FBI told the White House it believed the New York Times report on alleged contact was not accurate. . . .In Kansas a man is charged with murder and attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun in a crowded bar, shouting racial slurs as he killed one and wounded two. . .Two Washington, DC police officers were shot and wounded in an unexplained shooting incident. The suspect was killed. . . . Malaysia authorities plan to decontaminate the airport after Kim Jong Nam, half-brother to Kim Jung Un, was murdered. . .
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The Short Path From Unwanted To Illegal
Walking around in the forests about three miles north of the town of Mooers, New York, you are likely to come to an international border. Step across the border, and you are in Canada. It’s that simple. . . . for wildlife. . . . Not so simple for humans.
There is no natural barrier. No river or mountain range. Hundreds of different species of birds constantly fly across the border in both directions. Deer, raccoons, squirrels – wander across the border every day without restriction of any kind.
In order for you to cross legally, you would have to stop at inspection stations on both sides of the border. An old, short strip of road links the two inspection stations. Not too difficult if you have the papers.
If, like the wildlife, you bypass the inspection stations, you are doing something illegal. Police on both sides of the border will detain you if they catch you. In recent months the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have seen a serious rise in the number of people coming over the border illegally. Fortunately for those coming into Canada, the Canadians make an effort to treat them with compassion.
They are fleeing America. . . . The election and inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States have given rise to an atmosphere of intolerance. So say the many people who came to the U.S. from Muslim-majority countries. They have been made to fear for their safety because of things Donald Trump has said, because of how so many supporters of Trump have behaved, and because of laws the president has promised to enact. . .
Who is fleeing?
Families, men, and women from several different countries – including Turkey, Sudan, and the Yemen – have tried to make their way into Canada. Many have succeeded. Many have yet to succeed.
Why don’t they take the legal route – with the inspection stops?
Have you ever gone to a place – perhaps a neighborhood – where you were the different one? . . . Where you felt that everyone else was watching you?. . . and didn’t want you there? Many foreigners have said they feel unwanted in America. They fear not only people. They fear the government. They avoid U.S. government offices if they can . . including border inspection stations.
Though no data has been released, it is probably safe to assume most of the people fleeing to Canada do not have documentation that would allow them to stay in the U.S. legally. All the more reason to avoid dealing with U.S. authorities if they can. Instead they by-pass the inspection stations.
What happens when they’re caught?
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are obligated to detain people who come over the border illegally. Realizing that this is a new humanitarian issue for Canada, the RCMP strive to preserve people’s dignity. They do not put hand-cuffs on children. They also avoid hand-cuffing women, though not 100%. The RCMP and the Canadian government extend aid to those new immigrants who seek asylum. . . .
It is sad that America has become the country that foreigners and refugees fear. Yet it is fortunate that Canada, just to the north of the international border, has vigorously extended its hand to people from different countries and cultures. In this way, Canada sets an example for other countries to follow.
Citizens of the world, we all have a chance to be more like Canada. Whatever enactments come from the White House, we owe it to ourselves (if not to others), to support the safety and well-being of other people around us . . .regardless of their documentation. . . It would be a united front FOR dignity and respect.
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Fleeing U.S. for Asylum, and Handcuffed in Canada
from NY Times
They drag their luggage, carry their young children in their arms and join hands to help one another over rough terrain and along snowy roads. They are immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers who are streaming across the border from the United States into Canada in higher numbers.
For those who cross illegally, handcuffs await. They are detained, interviewed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and turned over to the Canadian border agency.
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