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Trudeau’s Closing of Canada’s Borders to Asylum Seekers an Epic Fail

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Trudeau's Closing of Canada's Borders to Asylum Seekers an Epic Fail

A deal Canada reached this year with the Biden administration to limit the flow of asylum seekers arriving from the United States appeared to be a swift success: within days, the number of persons captured at illegal border crossings had fallen to a trickle.

However, five months later, the overall number of people seeking refugee claims in Canada has increased rather than decreased. Many now travel by air, while others sneak across the border and hide until they can ask for asylum without fear of being deported, according to people who work with migrants.

The figures demonstrate how difficult it is for countries to turn away desperate people, as well as the issue that unexpected numbers of asylum seekers might pose: Hundreds of people in Toronto slept on the streets this summer because they couldn’t find a place to sleep.

“The basic reality is that closing a border does nothing to address the need for protection,” said Shauna Labman, an associate professor and acting head of the University of Winnipeg’s Human Rights Program. “It only increases the desperation.”

Canada takes pride in welcoming immigrants and plans to bring in a record 500,000 new permanent residents by 2025 to address a severe labour shortfall. However, it has attempted to deter asylum seekers, primarily through an arrangement with the United States under which each country turns back asylum claimants.

Nonetheless, over 39,000 asylum seekers entered Canada illegally last year, largely entering Quebec along a dirt route off Roxham Road in New York, prompting the province to protest that it couldn’t handle the influx. Asylum seekers are drawn to Canada because of its reputation for faster processing and increased acceptance of asylum petitions than the United States.

As a result, Canada and the United States modified their two-decade-old asylum-seeker arrangement, the Safe Third Country Agreement, in March. The deal now applies to the whole 4,000-mile land border between the two countries, rather than only at points of entry.

The enlarged pact resulted in a remarkable decrease in the number of persons intercepted at irregular crossings, from 4,173 in March to double digits from April to July.

However, the aggregate number of asylum seekers entering Canada has increased. According to figures from the immigration, refugees, and citizenship department, the overall number of refugee claims filed in Canada increased to 12,010 in July, the highest monthly total since at least January 2017, and up from 10,120 in March.

Canada Refugee Claims at Airports

According to government of Canada data, some of the increased numbers are due to an increase in the number of people submitting refugee claims at airports or local immigration department offices, frequently days, weeks, or months after arriving in the nation.

People applying at airports accounted for over one-third of all refugee applications in July, up from about 16% in March. Those filing claims at immigration offices accounted for almost 54% of the total in July, up from approximately a third in March. Mexico, Haiti, Turkey, Colombia, and India were the top five claimant countries in the first half of the year, albeit these figures include those who applied prior to the extended US accord.

According to some migratory experts, at least part of the reason for the latest exodus is that Canada is among a diminishing handful of nations viewed as providing safe harbour as the strains of war, climate change, and human rights violations force an increasing number to flee.

The European Union, for example, has implemented an asylum seeker deal that allows governments to return some migrants more promptly. The British government is pressing for legislation that will make it easier to return asylum seekers to Rwanda, while US President Joe Biden’s administration has proposed legislation that will make it more difficult for migrants to obtain refuge if they enter the country unlawfully.

“If you’re trying to make this set of decisions, Canada becomes a more likely option,” said Craig Damian Smith, a research affiliate at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.

“The world is facing unprecedented flows of migrants and refugees, and Canada is not immune to these trends,” said Remi Lariviere, a department official.

According to Lariviere, Canada revised the agreement with the US to handle “irregular” crossings, and the extension “does not mean that claims for asylum will not be made in Canada at all.”

Smugglers Hiding Asylum Seekers

According to those who work with migrants, some of those filing claims days or weeks after arriving in Canada are hoping to avoid a clause in the expanded agreement with the US that states that any asylum seeker apprehended within two weeks of crossing the border will be turned back unless they meet a narrow exemption.

This has prompted some to sneak over secretly, often with the assistance of a smuggler, and hide until the two-week deadline expires.

The Refugee Centre in Montreal claims to have assisted four families in one day last week who had been hiding for a fortnight after entering into the nation overland.

“Unfortunately, this is not a very safe avenue for them,” Reuters’ Executive Director Abdulla Daoud said. “It encourages bad actors to take advantage of these people.”

Assistance of Smugglers

According to Executive Director Loly Rico of the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto, between 20% to 30% of recent arrivals indicate they came into Canada undetected and hid with the assistance of a smuggler.

Reuters met with ten persons seeking refugee status who landed in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, recently. They came from all over the world, including Sudan, Uganda, and Mexico. All arrived by plane and had legal visas. Some applied for asylum days or weeks after arriving.

Though they went for causes ranging from domestic violence to war, Canada’s reputation for upholding human rights and providing refuge was a common pull for all.

“It was the first country that came to mind,” Hana Bakhit explained. The 35-year-old Sudanese woman claims she applied for a visiting visa in May, came to Canada in July, and submitted a refugee claim two weeks later.

She has been sleeping in a mosque and a church, calling Toronto’s central shelter every day for a room only to be told that none are available. Nonetheless, she feels herself fortunate to live in Canada.

With Canada’s land border more restricted, the asylum system now favours persons like Bakhit who can obtain a visa and a plane ticket, according to refugee lawyer Maureen Silcoff. “Some of the most vulnerable people remain barred from accessing Canada’s system, and I think we have to reflect on the inequity of that development,” Silcoff said.

Grace Nanziri, 42, was among those who had the relative advantage of being able to obtain a visa and a flight ticket: she sought for a Canadian visitor’s visa after her LGBTQ activism made her a target in her home nation of Uganda.

She flew to Toronto in August after waiting a year for the visa, enticed by Canada’s reputation for human rights protection, she said.

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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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