Chances are you immigrated to Canada. If
not you, then your parents or grandparents did.
Immigrants built this nation; partly because Canada
has always welcomed those who want a better future,
and partly because it has always required newcomers
to maintain our population levels and stimulate
our economy. Surprisingly, some believe the federal
government should make it harder for newcomers to
settle in Canada.
Critics argue that immigrants and refugees take
jobs away from Canadians. They're wrong. According
to a 1994 study published in International Migration
Review, the economy typically grows during periods
of high immigration. That's because many immigrants
start companies and invest money into our economy.
Others feel immigrants and refugees are responsible
for higher levels of crime, however, less than 12%
of our prison population is foreign born.
Others argue that immigrants and refugees dilute
our sense of national pride without realizing that
the majority of immigrants speak one of our national
languages before arriving or learn one soon after,
and more than 80 percent become Canadian citizens.
Some feel that the government is not doing enough
to open our arms to the world's downtrodden - less
than 50% of refugee claims are accepted. The United
States, United Kingdom and Germany all receive more
refugee claimants than Canada.
Most Canadians believe that everyone has the right
to seek out and enjoy a life free from oppression
and hardship, or to find a better life for their
families. Our immigration policy is, in part, a
reflection of this belief and is at the very soul
of Canada. It would be wrong to destroy a policy
that helps build our nation.
Imagine you're having a party. The door bell
rings and to your surprise it's a bunch of people
that you weren't expecting. How would you feel?
It's a situation many Canadians feel they are in
following the illegal arrival of hundreds of Chinese
onto the shores of BC. Many residents are angry
and upset. Not at the new arrivals, but at the federal
government that allows people to 'butt ahead' of
those who seek entry into this country legitimately.
An article from the Vancouver Province points out
that the process to determine a refugee's claim
is so long and tedious that some claimants denied
refugee status are still granted immigrant status
because "they have been in Canada for a long time."
The fact is, many of these refugees are not escaping
political or social oppression. They want to improve
their economic well being.
So they come to Canada, and let taxpayers subsidize
their new lifestyle. The tab to house, feed and
care for the illegal arrival of Chinese last year
exceeded $2 million. In Ontario, taxpayers spend
up to $140 million annually on welfare for immigrants
It might not be politically correct to admit, but
we should have the right to choose those people
we want to accept into this country. Just like those
people you want to have at your party. We cannot
afford to support the current system. It's unfair.
It's costly. It's inefficient. The government must
do the right thing and reform our immigration policy.
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