FUREY: UN migration compact cause for concern – yet Canada stands firm

Few Canadians will have heard about something called the UN Global Compact for Migration. But they should expect to hear more about it soon, as more countries drop out of the deal and calls emerge for Canada to do the same.

The pact is one of those things that when you explain it in brief, it sounds like the stuff of conspiracy theories – a global plan by faceless bureaucrats to effectively control our borders. But that’s not too far off the mark once you read through the document Canada is expected to sign on to at an event in Morocco early next month.

It’s all about working together to, as they put it, “enhance international, regional and cross-regional border management cooperation.” The problem is borders are not international or regional. They’re national. And it’s this point that is driving countries to back out.

“Migration is not and cannot become a human right,” Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said last week, explain why his country was stepping away from the deal. “It cannot be that someone receives a right to migration because of the climate or poverty.”

Australia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and the United States have all backed out as well.

Yet there are many who do believe that borders should be flung open for migrants simply because they’ve come knocking. As my colleague Lorne Gunter explained in a recent column, there is a huge difference between legal and illegal immigration. But for advocates of open borders, if you simply mention this basic fact they’ll call you names.

It’s no wonder there are concerns about what the UN bureaucrats will do once this shop gets up and running. If all it amounted to were countries collectively chatting about their individual efforts and sharing best practices, that’d be one thing. But we all know it’s not going to stop there.

The text even slyly admits that ideological indoctrination is a part of the compact’s goals: “We also must provide all our citizens with access to objective, evidence-based, clear information about the benefits and challenges of migration, with a view to dispelling misleading narratives that generate negative perceptions of migrants.”

No doubt that would roll out in much the same way the Trudeau Liberals chastised Canadians for correctly referring to our Roxham Road snafu as “illegal” border crossings. Nobody here in Canada bought it.

Speaking of the Liberals, a petition has emerged at Canada’s e-petition website calling on the government to not sign the document. “Polls have consistently shown the majority of Canadians reject illegal border crossing and subordination of our citizens’ needs to those of illegal aliens,” reads E-1906, put together by an Ontario resident and sponsored by Maxime Bernier.

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Don’t expect the Liberals to follow suit with Austria though. And not just because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly Tweeted about his affinity for lax borders.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen actually co-authored an op-ed with Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the Canada rep for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, singing the praises of the deal.

To be fair, it’s a more honest piece of work than the actual compact itself. It outright admits that “member states and partners will thus hold each other more accountable on their promises to deliver results for refugees and their hosts” (as in, push countries to do things they themselves may not want) and calls on them “to contribute and to share responsibilities in a fairer manner” (as in, take in more refugees and offer up more cash than they planned).

Here’s the big problem with all of this.

Canadian public opinion was much more supportive of immigration and refugees prior to Trudeau’s recent blunders on the issue. Who would’ve thought that ramming the issue down people’s throats makes them less inclined to support it?

For decades, we’ve happily admitted tens of thousands of people with few complaints. Signing the UN compact won’t make these concerns go away. It’s more likely to make them worse.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies