The news about changes to the “Dreamers” program south of the border is a distinctly American public policy issue.
But that hasn’t stopped one politician north of the border from trying to give the story a needless Canadian twist.
Independent Senator Ratna Omidvar appeared on a widely shared CBC News Network segment Tuesday evening to recommend Canada welcome 30,000 to 40,000 of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. currently participating in the DACA program.
The Obama-era program stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows U.S. residents brought illegally into the country as children by their parents to apply for a renewable two year reprieve from deportation.
Nine states led by Texas threatened to go to court by Sept. 5 to force President Donald Trump to end the “unconstitutional” Obama program, and were likely to win.
So Tuesday morning, the Trump administration announced it would “wind down” DACA within six months, and asked Congress to pass immigration reform legislation to replace it.
Omidvar suggested Canada should open its doors to some of the 800,000 “Dreamers”, as they’re called, as if this was something Canada was considering.