The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.
Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 per cent, therefore the American government views the nation as now safe. Earlier removal of temporary residence status led to thousands crossing the border into Canada. Where at peak over 500 individuals were crossing into Quebec each day.
With hundreds of thousands instead of just 60,000 individuals losing their status, Canada could likely see a new rise in illegal border crossings not yet seen in Canadian history.
Sadly it seems the government is also not preparing for this disastrous possibility and as a result, we could be left paying the tab for thousands of individuals as the government wades through hundreds of thousands of new refugee applications. Perhaps worse of all, as a result of these new cross American-Canadian border applications, refugees caught in war zones who desperately need evacuation now will likely have to wait longer.
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Context: The final estimate of the cost of relocation program shows that in 2015-2016, the federal government spent $384.7 million on the Syrian resettlement initiative, refugee crises that is far larger would have costs similar to this initiative.
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