Why do we need such a fence? Well its obvious and logical to any sentient Canadian that we need a border fence spanning our long open border with the USA to stop smuggling of illegal hard drugs like heroine and crystal meth slowly killing our people, human trafficking,to stop smuggling of illegal hand guns and automatic weapons and to stop illegal immigrants from flooding our borders.
How can we do this and afford to do it? Its very simple. A 20 ft high chain link fence stretching across our border (that would not impede the view and serenity of our beautiful landscape without intrusion) with a 3 to 4 ft cement base to keep below the frost line to preserve the life of the fence and to deter tunneling as happens at the US/Mexico border with fence sensors to detect fence cutting, seismic detectors to detect tunneling activities, surveillance cameras along the fence and drones to patrol over the border to lower costs and shortage of Canadian Border Services Agents and maintain realistic logistical monitoring of our border without great cost and manpower. Perhaps the US can kick in a few dollars since this would stop and deter the entry of radical Islamists into the USA from Canada. We waste 20 billion dollars on rapefugees, immigrants and 50 billion in unpaid taxes by Chinese immigrants so yeah we can afford the fence and savings in the long run in law enforcement, prisons (Joyceville Penitentiary know as the Muslim prison and mostly sex offenders and so called honour killing murderers), free money and grants to so called refugees and illegal immigrants, murders due to illegal guns smuggle from the USA, drug smuggling and human trafficking costs to law enforcement and the justice system at large.
This is a logical and practical next step in securing the safety and security in Canada.
22 refugees entered Manitoba near Emerson border over the weekend
Number of asylum seekers walking from U.S. to the province continues to grow
Farhan Ahmed says he couldn't feel his fingers or toes as he walked about 12 kilometres along a road.
"It was very, very cold and it was icy that night," Ahmed said.
Over the weekend, RCMP said, 22 people crossed the border near Emerson, about 100 kilometres south of Winnipeg — 19 on Saturday and three on Sunday.
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"They gave us heat. If we didn't get that, I couldn't feel my hands. I couldn't feel my hands. It was hard," Ahmed said.
The number of asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border into Manitoba on foot instead of through official crossings has drastically increased in the last few months, said Rita Chahal, executive director of Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council.
"In January alone there were about 39, 40 files opened," she said.
Since April 2016, the council has opened 270 files, with a large increase in the fall.
Fleeing from violenceAhmed grew up in a small town in Somalia where his father was a local chief. In June 2014, Ahmed said, his father was murdered, and since he was the oldest son, his life was also threatened.
"I … received calls that I would be next and I would be killed," he said.
As a father of three and the breadwinner for his family, Ahmed had a tough choice. But in the end he decided to flee in order to find safety and freedom for his family elsewhere.
The last time he saw his wife was on June 23, 2014, three days after his father's death. His journey then led him to Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico before he finally landed in the United States in October 2014.
He was kept in the facility, trying to make an asylum claim, until February 2015, when his application was denied and he was told he would be deported.
However, Ahmed said there was a mix-up in paperwork, and he was released under supervision and moved in with family in Ohio.
"They gave me work authorization and then I became a truck driver. I used to drive. I became a taxpayer," he said.
"I was supporting my family in Somalia, my wife and my kids."
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Ahmed thought about trying his luck again with an asylum claim, but when U.S. President Donald Trump signed the executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, from entering the U.S. he figured there was no hope.
"That's not human rights. That was not what I was wishing when I was in Somalia, when I was coming," he said.
Trump's order has prompted many people in Canada — advocates, students, professors, politicians — to urge the federal government to scrap or at least suspend its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.
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That requires Canada to send back to the U.S. any claimants entering Canada via its land border with the U.S., based on the premise that the U.S. is a safe country where they can make asylum claims.
Those calling for the pact to be scrapped say the U.S. is no longer a safe place for those seeking asylum. As such, asylum seekers should not be turned away from Canada's borders and sent back to the U.S.