By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
We’ve heard that the migrant crisis is costing New York City $5 million a day. That’s more than the Yankees and Mets are paying their rosters.
We also heard that Canada is getting a little frustrated because the buses of undocumented migrants are now crossing the U.S. northern border, from Texas to Manhattan to Quebec.
On Saturday, March 4, the Dallas Morning News ran an editorial about how this mass migration of illegals is wearing out Canada’s welcome mat.
“For those who live in places where mass migration isn’t a problem, it’s easy to take a tone of moral superiority and look down on those who have to balance humane treatment with security,” the editorial noted.
“But when the problem lands on their doorstep, it’s surprising how quickly that tone changes and the attitude that something must be done takes root.”
The editorial goes on to say that “when (Texas Governor) Greg Abbott sent migrants by bus to cities like New York, Chicago and Washington,” Canada joined in with liberal Democrats defending the “rights” of these illegals.
“Now, it seems, Canada is having second thoughts on illegal border crossings,” the Dallas Morning News said.
But the Texas newspaper said that if you “fast forward to this week, Bloomberg reports that Trudeau pushing the Joe Biden administration to stem “the flow of irregular migration into Canada.”
“Why?” the editorial asks. “Because unauthorized migrants are actually showing up to take part in the life Canada offers.”
So Canada has suddenly reversed its stance on illegal migration, saying “no more” in both English and French.
The real issue here is chaos, not immigration.
Orderly immigration can complement a country’s economy.
For example, nearly a million Cubans, like in the case of my family, or Vietnamese came to the United States and settled legally as productive and law-abiding residents.
The main reason for that was that we were able to support ourselves immediately. My father, a trained professional, had a job within two weeks of arriving in the United States. We did get some help from a church, but that was to get us off the ground.
The migration of both the Cubans and Vietnamese was orderly and legal.
However, simply allowing people to walk in with no migratory documents and no legal processing inevitably creates problems.
And another of the challenges is that many of these new migrants who are crossing the border from Mexico illegally cannot work or support themselves. Consequently, they have to rely on charity or simply get into the underground economy to survive, becoming a strain on the overall economy.
Who knew that Governor Abbott’s buses would have this impact on both the United States and Canada’s national immigration debate?