Mexicans Flood Into Canada As 2017 Border Detentions Surpass All Of 2016

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A couple of days ago we noted that Mexican immigrants were suddenly flooding into Canada to avoid deportation from the U.S.  The increase in northern border crossings came, at least in part, courtesy of Canada's decision to lift visa requirements for Mexican 'tourists' as of December 1st.  Per the new rules, rather than a visa, under Trudeau's administration, Mexicans are now only required to have a so-called Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) which can be purchased online for CAD $7.

Unfortunately, while Canada's relaxed travel requirements were applauded as an enlightened, progressive alternative to Trump's xenophobic, racist approach to immigration, under the surface, Canada's policies still function much like Trump's proposals.  As Mexican immigrants are suddenly finding out, while Canada is happy to host 'tourists' from our Southern neighbor, getting a work visa can be nearly impossible and Mexicans with a criminal record are not welcome.

All of which has resulted in a record number of Mexicans being detained by Canadian border officials in the opening months of 2017.  Per Reuters:

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said it detained 444 Mexican nationals between Jan. 1 and March 8, compared with 410 for all of 2016, 351 for 2015, and 399 for 2014.


The CBSA can detain foreign nationals if it is believed they pose a danger to the public, if their identity is unclear or if they are deemed unlikely to appear for removal or for a proceeding.


The number of Mexicans turned back at the airport has risen, too - to 313 in January, more than any January since 2012 and more than the annual totals for 2012, 2013 and 2014.



Meanwhile, Canadian border officials are already starting to question Trudeau's relaxed immigration policies as over 70,000 ETAs have already been issued in a matter of months.

Canada issued 72,450 travel authorizations to Mexican citizens between Dec. 1, 2016, and March 10, 2017 - a significant increase compared with a similar period when visas were required.


Canada's Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen has said his department is monitoring the situation.


"It would be premature to draw conclusions or to speculate on future policy at this point," Hussen's spokeswoman, Camielle Edwards, wrote in an email Friday evening.

Don't you just love it when a beautifully planned out 'progressive' policy gets crushed by reality?

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For those who missed it, here is our previous note:

Canada has been applauded in recent months for its decision to lift visa requirements for Mexican 'tourists' as of December 1st.  Rather than a visa, under Trudeau's administration, Mexicans are now only required to have a so-called Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) which can be purchased online for CAD $7.

As one media outlet praised, the move "provides a stark contrast to proposed policies from the US president-elect Donald Trump, who has said he will immediately deport between two and three million illegal immigrants and will build a wall along the US-Mexican border."

Not surprisingly, news of the rule changes in Canada quickly made the rounds in the migrant community with one recently-deported Mexican nationalist declaring that "For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it's Canada's turn."

Sure enough, in just the three months since Canada's visa rules were relaxed, the number of Mexicans interested in "vacationing" in Canada has soared over 300%. Sure, who wouldn't want to abandon the sweltering 70 degree heat in Mexico for a relaxing vacation in the frozen tundra of our northern neighbor in the dead of just makes sense. Per Reuters:

Canadian government data shows a tripling of Mexicans seeking to travel to Canada in the three months since the visa requirement was shelved.


It is not a firm indicator as many people could be genuine tourists. But tie it to a surge in calls and emails to immigration lawyers from recently arrived Mexicans looking for work permits, as well as the accounts of deportees like Rita and Mexicans already in Canada, and it suggests a new migration pattern may be emerging.


Seven immigration lawyers, consultants and activists told Reuters that requests for legal advice from Mexicans who had entered Canada since Dec. 1 had roughly tripled compared with the same period in 2015-2016.


Between December and late February, Canada has granted more than 61,500 eTAs (Electronic Travel Authorization forms) to Mexicans, about triple the number of quarterly tourist applications received in the year before the visa requirement was scrapped, official Canadian data shows. The true scale of Mexican immigration will only become fully apparent in June, when early arrivals on these eTAs are due to leave.


Flight bookings from Mexico to Canada also swelled 90 percent in January and February versus the same period in 2016, according to travel analysis company ForwardKeys, which reviews all major travel agency bookings. It is unclear what percentage of those bookings were made by people looking to work illegally in Canada.



Of course, the problem with relaxed immigration policies is not attracting additional 'tourists' to your country but getting them to go home once their invitation expires.  As one migrant who recently immigrated to Toronto told Reuters, once his time as a 'tourist' expires he'll have no choice but to "stay and work illegally."

In 2015, Victor Avila, a 37-year-old architect from Oaxaca, returned home voluntarily from the United States after five years working illegally in Freehold, New Jersey. Shocked by the low wages in Mexico and traumatized by the local murder of his brother, he applied for an eTA.


Avila arrived in Toronto a few weeks ago and found work in a restaurant. He was in the process of applying for a work visa, but said he would stay on illegally for a year if it wasn't granted.


"I think for many of us in Canada, there's no other option but to stay and work illegally," he said.

Unfortunately, while Canada's relaxed travel requirements were applauded as an enlightened, progressive alternative to Trump's xenophobic, racist approach to immigration, under the surface, Canada's policies function much like Trump's proposals.  As immigration lawyers point out, while 'vacationing' in Canada is easy, getting a work visa can be nearly impossible and Mexicans with a criminal record are not welcome.

Many Mexicans believe the eTA is all they need to set up in Canada, but in almost all cases they are wrong, immigration lawyers said. The eTA does not even guarantee entry.


Even if they get past the airport, many low-skilled Mexicans hoping to work illegally are likely to be disappointed, lawyers said, noting that it's difficult for those entering on tourist visas to get work permits without an employer's sponsorship.


Some Mexican visitors told Reuters that Canadian immigration officials went through their phones and asked tough questions designed to trip up those seeking to stay and work illegally. While some got through, others were sent home.


Canada says those convicted of crimes, as well as gang members, are inadmissible, making it hard for criminally convicted Mexicans deported from the United States to enter.

Just ask Alejandro Becerra's how accommodating Canada's open-minded, progressive immigration policies are..

Alejandro Becerra's experience is a cautionary tale for Mexicans dreaming of a new life in Canada.


The 30-year-old former bankteller from Mexico City got a job offer to work in construction in Toronto and flew to the city on Feb. 7 on an eTA.


Becerra told a border official at the airport that he was coming as a tourist and showed him his return flight. The official didn't believe him and examined his phone, where he found messages discussing Becerra's job in Toronto.


Becerra spent the night in a detention center, and the next morning he was taken in handcuffs to a plane that would return him to Mexico.

Perhaps Mexicans are learning that our 'progressive' northern neighbor isn't so progressive after all...oh well, there's always California.

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buckstopshere's picture

The Mexicans will soon find out that they have made a horrible mistake.

The French Canadians are hospitable, but they care not to speak in Spanish, let alone English.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Oh... you wish to enter Canada?  Sorry ("Mi más sentido pésame"), but Mexican't!

xythras's picture

Fuck Canada and definitelly FUCK MEXICO. Both countries filled with ugly people.

Not like UK with her HOT Princess Kate:

Princess Kate and Prince William Met Survivors of Paris 2015 Attacks


billwilson2's picture

You have not seen ugly until you go to a US walmart. World beaters for sure!!!

new guy's picture

Apparently you have never seen Kathlene Wynne, Premier of Ontario and three time winner of the "Canadian Ugly Man Triatholon" ( all contestants judged on appearance, breath and foot odor)

toady's picture

My boy in the forgery department was right on top of this. We must have done a thousand Jesus Santos to John Smyth document swaps since the beginning of the year. 

Killing it!

fx's picture

Fuck Trudeau and his merry gang of liars, traitors , crooks and warmongers. Will perhaps be the much needed wake-up call for Canadians.

hope_talk's picture
hope_talk (not verified) fx Mar 19, 2017 6:51 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Robert of Ottawa's picture

And despite all her "manliness" she still has to sit in the corner, without her shoes, by herself, when she visits a mosque. Oh the cultural ... now, what is that? schadenfreude? Liberal comeuppance?

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

That Muslim woman is not a feminist but a fake soro sponsored apeshit. Real feminist would prefer all muslims be deport or kill if they refuse to leave our country.

BabaLooey's picture

Press 1 For The King's English - spoken like a guy from Manitoba.........

Press Deau For Pepe Le Peeeeeeeeeeeeeew

Press Tres for Chicano

Press Quatro for any other Latin tagalong

Press 5 for Speedy Gonzalez spic-speak

Press 6 for Urdu

Press 7 for Farsi

Press 8 for Allah Arabic

Press 9 for Somali

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK it's gonna be a ice-cold mosh pit of effluvia up there with Tutu Trudeau at the helm of that berg....

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Is this the face of Liberal Tolerance??!

Good fences make for good neighbours.

"Lo siento, adios!" ~ Canada.

vissfam's picture

Thanks for hating my Canada...did me allot of good...sheesh.

Bad Attitude's picture

Why are Canadians so racist?

Forward (over the cliff)!

Logan 5's picture

Put a big fat prosthetic nose on your face, whine a lot, and tell them you're Barbara Streisand, the famous actress, & you're seeking political asylum.


It might work

Nekoti's picture

Why can't these fuckers stay in their own country and turn it into a place they would like to reside in? Why must they illegally enter other countries and mess things up for that countries citizens?

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

A bacillus goes to healthy tissue. it doesn't go to diseased tissue. This is its nature.

A parasite goes to a healthy host. it doesn't go to an infested host. This is its nature.

A Mexican goes to the USA or Canada. it doesn't go to Guatemala. This is its nature.

FX223's picture

Our Canadian government has BIGLY succeeded in turning every business into a tax collecting machine with very few holes for illegals to fit in.  In Canada they do this famously in all aspects of life, for example:

In most places in the world, if there is a no smoking area and someone lights up and the cops catch that person smoking they issue a fine but in Canada they issue a much bigger fine and not directly to the offending smoker but instead to the business itself.  This turn the business owner and employees into deputies enforcing the by law on behalf of the government.

Anyways, the Mexicans that have crossed lately are the determined ones on account of the weather this time of year...they may actually be the harder working of them.  The summer is coming and the flood across the boarder will then start in ernest.  That will be a bad time.

garypaul's picture

"This turn the business owner and employees into deputies enforcing the by law on behalf of the government."

Yeah, so? It's a brilliant way to enforce a no-smoking policy, otherwise almost impossible to police.

By the way, you could also just try quitting that disgusting, dangerous habit.

DRTexas's picture

Your lack of comprehension suggests that you are under thirty, and have never paid taxes in your life.  You probably fancy yourself an acedemic, but are most likely a barista.  I am sure your parents are proud of your shelf full of participation awards.

Lumberjack's picture

You absolutely nailed it. Quebecers are very independent and will not put up with this. Mark my words.

skbull44's picture

Q: What happens when you pack more and more rats in a finite space?
A: They begin eating each other.

BarkingCat's picture

No, it explains why your mama and her 11 sisters were munching each others' carpets while living in the 1 room shack.

William Foster's picture

This is called the "Behavioral sink".

It explains alot of what is going on in western countries.

logicalman's picture

As a legal immigrant in Canada from UK, it does kind of piss me off when people just show up and are let in.

It's not a racist or personal thing.

I had to go through all kinds of crap before I was allowed in, background checks, medical exams, consulate interviews.

Seems somehow off to let just anyone in, or if you are going to do that for some, why not everyone.

Everything about refugees and immigrants is caused by poloticians and used by them for their own ends.

Countries are bullshit concepts anyway, but, IMHO, if there are rules, they should be applied symmetrically, not selectively.


jmack's picture

     If countries are bullshit concepts, why did they form?  Why isnt the world a bunch of city states.  Why did the EU form, why did the NATO alliance form?  Has humanity really changed to a degree, at a fundamental basis, to make the concepts catalyzing the creation of these entities obsolete?  


   People just make certain assumptions based on their life experience, with no knowledge of history or the greater time frame knowledge  beyond their life experience.  This is especially true as education gets more and more myopic and teaches false history in favor of controlling information to attain a present day political result, as opposed to building a society which anti-fragile and long lasting values based on humanity's actual history, guide bedrock teachings.  


    While my reply is to your post, the comments and assumptions are not directed at you, but just speaking generally about various western societies losing their grip on fundamental societal institutions and cultural values.


    The globalists have a point.  If the choice is between a global government, and world war III which will make the atrocities and death tolls of the first two world wars look like regional limited engagements, then global government looks appealing, even with the level of crap you have to take from an organization like the EU, regulating how deep a breath you can take.  


   BUT, if this grand move to reorganize humanity into one happy borderless world, can be taken over just by some wahabist morons who's only real skill sets are reproducing faster than rabbits, and a penchant for blood letting to get their way,  then globalism must be rejected forthwith, and a return to a more defensible structure against global power grabs from any entity.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

The grand move is to wipe out the White race.  It's exceedingly straightforward.

The Gun Is Good's picture

"Countries are bullshit concepts anyway."

I would amend that statement to: "Countries run by bankers, globalist infiltrators, or military-industrialists, or with governments that serve the interests of foreign powers rather than their own lawful citizens are bullshit concepts." (But that's just me....)

What alternative(s) to nations would you propose?

Back to the article: Canada doesn't seem to fuck around; they won't even let US citizens in for visits if those citizens have drunk driving offenses on their records. (I live in Maine and asked some friends if they'd want to join us for a trip north sometime... and they can't due to DUI records.)

I just hope the Mexicans aiming for Canada don't presume to hunker down here in Maine when turned away, or else we'll have some problems (except for communist Portland, which will no doubt welcome them with open arms, get them on the welfare dole, etc.). I can see it now though: lots of new faces during blueberry season this summer.


homebody's picture

Send them all to Toronto to their own enclave or Ottawa and receive all the free shit not available to Canadians. 

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Mar 18, 2017 5:43 PM

Sickening. I looked into migrating to Canada, legally, about ten years ago. They make it very expensive for an American to legally move to Canada.

If this is Canada wants more titsuckers from Mexico, so be it. Who am I to say they are wrong? I was shunned by this country, and others, years ago.

billwilson2's picture

There are a lot of americans we have no interest in letting in. Too many bad habits.

shamus001's picture

Correct you are!  Habitual demands for freedom doesn't fit in with the likes of your govt. -slave mindset.... before you know it, everyone would be infected with concepts of freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to a trial!

IT WOULD BE HELL IN CANADA!- and then you would have to start from SQUARE 1 removing all of those "freedom-like thoughts" ALL OVER AGAIN!

...And you just finally got where they're in line, what? Like 20 years ago? We don't want to lose any 1984 progress!

garypaul's picture

Listen jackass, we Canadians have MORE freedoms and rights than you pricks. I don't worry about being pulled over by a cop and getting my belongings confiscated. I don't worry about getting shot everytime I go shopping. I have every right to fair trial, where I don't have to worry about getting life for stealing a pizza. I could go on for hours but what's the point. Why don't you take your head out of your ass and take a breath.

FredFlintstone's picture

Canada... a land where stealing a pizza is called freedom? :)

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) billwilson2 Mar 18, 2017 8:06 PM

What bad habits? That I am self-employed and pay all the taxes I owe? That I abide by the law? That I am a Christian? If that is "bad" count me out. Good luck with the new gimmigrants from Mexico and the Middle East. Let me know how that works out for ya.

logicalman's picture

Whoop dee doo.

You believe in one of the many options for invisible sky guys!

Does that make you right? What about someone who believes the same about a different sky guy?

If you  claim it does, that would require proof of existence.

A pretty tall order


jmack's picture

Trump should fund flights for illegal immigrants to a list of countries who support open borders.   Ship 10 million illegals a year to theses countries and see if borders dont come back into vogue.

ilovetexas's picture

This must be very satisfactory for the Canadians! Don't stop. Keep taking them!

Pgg1507's picture

Maybe we should build a wall and have the americans pay for it, LOL

What is it... pay it downward?

wow thats crazy's picture

I think its call the trickle up economics

logicalman's picture

It's called 'trick' economics.

I never could figure out where the 'le' bit came from.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

When AMERICANS are flooding by the millions across your border, then you would be correct.   Since it's the poor swarthy downtrodden from Mexico that are invading, you'll have to take it up with their home country.  Pay it up yer ass.

billwilson2's picture

I am far more worried about americans illegally crossing the border when the US starts to disintegrate after POOPOTUS (Person occupying the office of president of the US) really causes mayhem.

Robert Trip's picture

You anti-Canada assholes miss the point.

You can visit Canada but you CANNOT stay.

The Mexicans who have abused the system to seek asylum will get their asses kicked back to Mexico.

Labeling this as a "progressive" failure is 100% bullshit, like many of the articles and posters here lately.

The Canadian immigration policy works while ours sucks balls.

saveUSsavers's picture

they bash Calif too, like we live in a shithole over here, ZH filled with pathetic posters

Deplorable's picture

Once the Mexicans get into Canada, it will be hard to find them to get them out.

They will just blend in with the native Canucks.....