Canadians debate asylum-seekers to Quebec, and Pope Francis has something to say about it
(CNS Photo: A Haitian refugee sticks his head out from a tent set up by the Canadian Armed Forces near Lacolle, Quebec, Aug. 10.)
Some 6,000 people, mostly Haitian nationals, have crossed illegally into Quebec from the United States since July. This is the second major upswing in the number of asylum-seekers to Canada this year after hundreds crossed into Manitoba beginning in January.
The serge has sparked curiosity about Canada’s immigration and refugee laws, which many commentators have pointed out are complex and rather strict. Exact numbers are difficult to verify, but approximately 50% of refugee claimants are denied asylum after