Canadian authorities are struggling to get a grip on a massive “migrant surge” that hit major cities across the country in April, with new data showing nearly 3,000 people illegally entered the country in just one month.
According to the Wall Street Journal, roughly 2,600 migrants used “unofficial border crossings” to enter Canada in April 2018; passing freely into the nation and posing a major challenge to Canada’s pro-immigration policy for asylum seekers.
“It forces Canadians, who have always patted themselves on the back for being very open to immigration, very welcoming, to deal with the kinds of challenges Italy, Greece and others have been facing and to realize it’s not so easy,” one immigration expert told the WSJ.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made international headlines early last year when he said his country “will welcome” those “fleeing persecution” and “war” following President Trump’s initial executive order on new immigration restrictions.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada” he tweeted.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
TRUMP’S TARIFF: The President Enacts HEFTY TARIFFS on Steel, Spares Canada and Mexico
President Trump announced his plan to sign into law a sweeping import tariff on all steel and aluminum goods produced outside the United States Thursday; temporarily excluding Canada and Mexico as the White House renegotiates NAFTA in the coming months.
According to Fox News, the Trump administration is placing a 25% import tax on all foreign-produced steel and a 10% tax on aluminum “across the board.”
“We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military,” the president tweeted Thursday.
The White House confirmed that both Canada and Mexico would be excluded from the international tariffs while the US and its neighbors enter renegotiations surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“If that negotiation is unsuccessful then tariffs will be applied across the board,” Peter Navarro, Director of the White House National Trade Council told Fox News. “Now, importantly, in addition to that, there is language that will allow other countries to effectively propose ways that they could get a similar dispensation in exchange for more fair and reciprocal trade with the United States.”
EAST COAST PANIC: False TSUNAMI Warning ISSUED for Eastern Seaboard of US
A heart-stopping emergency alert was accidentally sent to smart phones across the eastern seaboard Tuesday morning, warning unsuspecting civilians of an impending tsunami from Florida to Boston, reports Fox News.
A spokesperson for the National Weather Service confirmed the “glitch” to the Associated Press, saying the agency was struggling to get to the bottom of the panic-inducing incident.
“The National Tsunami Warning Center did NOT issue a tsunami Warning, Watch, or Advisory for any part of the United States or Canada this morning,” tweeted the NWS.
The National Tsunami Warning Center did NOT issue a tsunami Warning, Watch, or Advisory for any part of the United States or Canada this morning.
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) February 6, 2018
Initial reports suggest users with certain mobile apps -such as Accuweather- received what appeared to be an “actual warning” of an impending Tsunami, not a mere test of the weather service’s emergency preparedness.
Accuweather eventually corrected the false alarm on twitter, writing, “The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning this morning was a TEST. No Tsunami warning is in effect for the East Coast of the U.S.”
The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning this morning was a TEST. No Tsunami warning is in effect for the East Coast of the U.S.
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) February 6, 2018
The incident echos a similar accident weeks ago, when Hawaii’s Office of Emergency Management sent an accidental ballistic missile warning to thousands of residents and tourists; warning them of an impending North Korean nuclear strike.