Ottawa “wants to be ready” for a possible wave of salvadorian migrant

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Immigrants and activists demonstrated in front of the White House, Monday, to ask Washington to extend the temporary status of the Salvarodiens.

Canada ” wants to make sure to be ready for the possible massive arrival of migrants of el salvador, which currently number nearly 200 000 in the United States that the special status will be terminated in 18 months, said on Monday the minister of public safety.


The government Trump announced on Monday the removal as of September 9, 2019 of the temporary protected status (TPS), introduced in 2001 following an earthquake murderer in el Salvador.


“We must be prepared for all eventualities and we are,” assured the canadian minister of public Safety Ralph Goodale on tv CBC.


Development of measures


Canada is working on measures “for months” to avoid a repeat of the mass arrival at the canadian border of haitian migrants last summer after the loss announced their own temporary status in the United States.


During the 18 months preceding the end of the protection status of some 200,000 Salvadorans residing in the United States, the canadian government will “enter into contact with groups and organizations” representing this community in the United States to deter them from illegally cross the u.s.-canada border, a long 8000 km.


Ralph Goodale has held that the period of 18 months given to the el Salvadorans allows Canada to organize. He added that it is a request that the canadian government had passed to the Americans.


Daily crossings


Refugees fleeing the United States to cross the frontier illegally in wooded areas, mainly in Quebec or Manitoba, in order to make a refugee claim in Canada. A majority of these requests have been rejected for the Haitians as non-compliant with the conditions of eligibility in canada.


The minister of public Safety has also stated that a fifty asylum seekers continue to cross the border daily at the end of the path Roxham Quebec to seek asylum in Canada, although winter temperatures are around often -20 degrees Celsius.