Ay, Canada!

The city of Windsor, Canada, has informed their federal government that it is near to being “overwhelmed” by a large number of Mexican illegal aliens flooding across the border seeking refuge and free stuff.  Apparently “200” is considered a large number in Windsor — because that’s how many have shown up.  I only wish America had to deal with such a large number.  Just wait ‘til the first million arrives, Windsor!

You will note that the situation described above involves only A) Mexicans and B) Canadians, so the mayor of Windsor has, of course, decided to blame C) America. "I don’t believe that Windsor’s residents and taxpayers should have to foot the bill for U.S. immigration policy," Mayor Eddie Francis told the Windsor Star.  Oh, Eddie!  Do you really believe that the United States has an immigration policy? 

Mayor Francis earlier wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the financial burden being created by the 200 and the crisis that would result if they are followed by larger numbers: "We don’t have the means, ability or capacity to deal with this additional cost. We are not able to deal with this potential crisis locally.” Francis also stated in the letter, “When there is a possibility of adding thousands to the local social assistance system as a result of refugee claimants crossing the border into Windsor, we will become overwhelmed and our current resources will not suffice.”

But wait, what’s all this talk about illegal aliens costing people money?  I thought they were hard-working folks contributing mightily to economic growth and the general welfare for miles and miles around the very spot where they stood.  I guess the standard political talking points on this issue haven’t yet been distributed in Windsor.

Of course, Canada’s system of dealing with anyone claiming to be a “refugee” is a bit expensive.  All the 200 will be put up (at taxpayer expense) in local hotels until their applications are reviewed — an average of 14.2 months.  So that they don’t get hungry during that 14.2 months, the city is delivering free meals to them at their hotel rooms, via taxicab.  Yes, clearly Canada is doing nothing to attract these questionable refugees; they must have been driven there by the U.S.  (However, before you have too good a laugh at our Canadian cousins for the lunacy of their government, I suggest you look up “Section 8” housing in the US.

Those seeking “refuge” in Canada report that for the first time they are experiencing pressure from employers and law enforcement to prove that they are in the U.S. legally.  This persecution (i.e. being expected to obey our laws) has become so severe they just had to go Canada.  What?  Where else could a Mexican citizen go to be left in peace about his residency status — Mexico? 

I wonder if I could get refugee status in Canada by claiming I’m not being allowed to break the law in the United States?  I could use a nice 14.2-month vacation.

Mayor Francis is not the only Canadian government official blaming the U.S. for the Mexicans on his doorstep.  As reported in the Star, "This is a problem the U.S. has allowed to create. It’s really unfair for Canada to have to face this," said MP Joe Comartin (NDP — Windsor-Tecumseh), his Party’s  public safety and national security critic.

"This is very much being driven by (the U.S. Department of) Homeland Security," he said, predicting that, "with few exceptions," most of these "economic claimants" will eventually be sent back.”

Did you get that?  America is creating problems for Canada by trying to send illegal aliens back to Mexico, so Canada will solve these problems by trying to send the illegal aliens back to Mexico.  What monsters we are in the U.S. 

One of the refugees from the rule of law, Carina Gonzalez, told the New York Times of how persecuted she was in the U.S. — she only got to work here illegally for 10 years before her employers starting asking questions about her papers.  She also told the Times she was quite happy to be in Canada, “I could smell the freedom when I crossed over. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but the pressure of worrying about getting caught never let you sleep well.”

She could smell the freedom?  Perhaps it was just a Tim Horton’s.  And what freedom did she smell exactly — freedom to break the law or just freedom from Mexico?

Whatever Carina smelled, one of the more interesting parts of the story is just how she might have been first put onto the scent.  A Haitian immigrant in Florida, Jacque Sinjuste, is running an illegal immigrant help center that, for a $400 “donation,” downloads some free refugee applications off the internet and points the applicants in the general direction of Canada (just take I-75 North for 1300 miles and turn right).  Ah, only in America could a Haitian sell free forms to illegal Mexicans bent on ripping off innocent Canadians.  Is this a great country or what?

But in the spirit of neighborliness, let me offer some advice to Mayor Francis on how to stop the flow across his border.  If you want to save your country enormous expense and disruption, stop sending your new guests free meals at their free rooms via free taxicab.  Then kick them all straight back to Mexico — and make sure the TV crews from Telemundo and Univision are there when you do it.  Do that to the first few hundred and you’ll never see the first million.

Or you can make the same mistakes we’ve made in the U.S.  It’s up to you.