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Trudeau Trashed US on Child Detention, Didn't Mention His Country Does Same Thing

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It probably oughtn’t surprise anyone familiar with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his inveterate liberalism that he would call out President Donald Trump on separating families caught illegally immigrating into the United States.

It also probably oughtn’t surprise anyone familiar with Trudeau and his inveterate hypocrisy that his country does the same thing.

According to Canada’s Global News, Prime Minister Trudeau was somewhat slow to condemn Trump and how his administration was handling illegal immigration. However, once he made a statement, it was clear where he stood.

“What’s going on in the United States is wrong,” Trudeau said Wednesday.

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“I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring. Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada.”

Except, that kind of is the way they do things in Canada.

In a CBC piece titled “Canada aims to avoid detaining migrant children, but it happens,” the national broadcaster detailed exactly what happened north of the border.

“The U.S. is the focus of international outrage for its policy of separating children from their parents and detaining them after they cross the border in search of asylum,” the Wednesday piece read.

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“But Canada has also detained migrant children — and in some cases, has restricted access to their asylum-seeking parents — despite its stated policy to do whatever possible to avoid it.

“Last year, 151 minors were detained with their parents in Canadian immigration holding centres.

“Eleven others were held in custody unaccompanied by an adult, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The CBSA would not speculate on the circumstances surrounding why a minor was unaccompanied.”

Now, that pales in comparison to the numbers that the United States has been holding in custody. However, Canada also doesn’t have a 2,000-mile border with a country that has limited control over individuals that enter into it and are looking to enter another country illegally.

The Canadians hold individuals and families who are considered a flight risk or are dangerous. However, the conditions that they’re held in make those Obama-era photos of children in cages look positively welcoming by comparison.

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“The Canadian holding centres, which are off limits to the public, resemble medium-security prisons. They are surrounded by razor-wire fences and kept under surveillance by guards,” the CBC reported.

“There are three such facilities across Canada, in Vancouver, Toronto, and Laval, Que. In some provinces, asylum seekers are detained in prisons.

“A recent McGill University study found that detention can be a ‘frightening experience’ for children, leaving them with ‘psychiatric and academic difficulties long after detention.'”

So, yes, Justin. That is the way you do things in Canada — and you have no room to talk.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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