Thursday, June 21, 2018

Toronto’s Emergency Shelters Are Being Overwhelmed By Illegal Border Crossers

Toronto’s Emergency Shelters Are Being Overwhelmed By Illegal Border Crossers

As the Trudeau government continues to allow our border to be disrespected, the crisis worsens.

With the illegal border crisis continuing due to inaction on the part of the Trudeau government, Toronto’s emergency shelter system is bursting at the seams.

As noted in a recent Globe & Mail report, “a wave of asylum seekers has descended onto Canada’s largest city.”
“Many of them are families. All are in need of housing, adding pressure to Toronto’s already-strained shelter system in a high-priced city with limited affordable housing. To deal with the pressure, the city asked two colleges to open their student dorms to refugee claimants for the summer and there are plans to erect four tents in the city to serve as extra shelter space later this year.”

Shelter usage has nearly doubled, and the trend keeps going up.

Keep in mind, the Toronto shelter system was designed to be used by Canadians in need, and the influx of illegal crossers means there is less space available for our citizens.

The report also notes that the number of refugee claims made in Canada has reached a record high, with 55,360 claims still outstanding.
Disturbingly, rather than look for ways to stem the flow of illegal border crossers and ensure that taxpayer resources are used on helping taxpayers, there is a growing effort to convince everyone that the growing influx is the ‘new normal.’
‘“We are at the beginning of this new normal, the very beginning,” says Francisco Rico-Martinez, co-director of the FCJ Refugee Centre, who expects more arrivals from Central and South America – people fleeing violence who no longer see the United States as an option.
With pressures likely to grow, “we have to get ready,” he said, by adjusting long-term planning and viewing this shift with a global perspective.
In Toronto, which last year reaffirmed its status as a sanctuary city, all residents receive full access to city services, regardless of their documentation status. Children can attend school, families can access health care or social assistance and people can apply for work permits while waiting for decisions on their claims.”
This means we are being asked to accept a situation in which taxpayers pay more and more to fund services for people who entered Canada illegally. This will weaken our social programs, meaning worse healthcare and worse education systems for Canadian citizens.

Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that the Trudeau government is doing nothing to end the crisis. They want Canada to be a ‘post-national state,’ and such a state won’t do anything to prioritize our own citizens.

Spencer Fernando

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