The United States is a country built on immigrants, and our Constitution has the 14th Amendment which helps protect that group of people. Granted, this amendment protects citizenship, but the idea that protecting immigration rights was found in the start of the U.S. Through this election process, we’ve seen the vilification of a group of people, but specifically coming from one place – Mexico.
Donald Trump’s announcement speech marked a day when Mexico was singled out for drug problems, American crime issues, and being rapists.
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
The U.S.-Mexico border has been singled out as a catalyst for many issues in America, but does Canada share any of the blame?
Trump’s immigration plan is steadfast in not having open borders. His website lists three points on immigration reform; number one being, “ A nation without borders is not a nation”, quickly followed by, “There must be a wall across the southern border.” There is no mention of a northern border.
The Canadian border spans more than double the Mexican border – 5,525 miles compared to 1,933.4 miles. The Alaskan border mileage is more comparable to just the Mexican border alone, at over 1,500.
But, does Canada fall into some of the same categories of “unsavoriness” that Trump claims? The Department of Homeland Security released its first ever numbers on U.S. visa overstays, and Canadians at 93,000 doubled the numbers of Mexican overstays in 2015. But it is worth mentioning that half of all illegal immigrants in the United States are from Mexico.
The 2014 Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy report examines some serious drug concerns between the U.S. and Canadian border.
“Canada is the primary source of MDMA (ecstasy) for North America…Bulk cash smuggling and money services businesses (MSBs) facilitate money laundering and other financial crimes in both directions along the Northern border. Illicit proceeds from the sale of marijuana and MDMA (ecstasy) in the United States are smuggled into Canada, and illicit proceeds from cocaine sales in Canada are often smuggled into the United States. “
This is not to say that Mexico doesn’t have serious problems ranging from large quantities of drugs being trafficked into California or major drug cartels, but it dominates the conversation regardless of major drug stories coming from Canada.
Canada gets no real consideration from the news, candidates, or even the public whenever it comes to border security.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials, like James Burns, Special Agent in charge of the DEA’s upstate New York sector, have mentioned the issues with the changing U.S.-Canada border, especially in the winter months; rivers freeze so much that a truck can drive across it, creating a new route across the border.
Donald Trump wants correct the “open border” concept, but is selective with how he chooses to enforce it. Is it time to question whether the real motivations are immigration-motivated?