Canada Detains Children In Worse Conditions than America Under Trudeau, but No Trump Means No Outrage

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures during a roundtable discussion with members of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t know how easy he has it.

The ridiculously leftist Prime Minister can literally do the same thing Trump does, and get zero heat for it. This might be because former President Barack Obama did the same thing, but I digress.


Right now the world is up in arms over the detention of illegal immigrant children away from their families. Many on the left and the right have called this a cruel practice, with some comparing it to Japanese internment camps, or even Nazi death camps. Both assertions are beyond asinine. Separating children from their parents is heartbreaking, and everyone wishes it could be avoided, but when following the letter of the law, this kind of thing happens.

Trudeau decided he himself was going to weigh in, and denounced Trump’s America for doing such a horrid thing. He added that this is not the way things are done in Canada.

“What’s going on in the United States is wrong,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday. “I cannot imagine what the families are going through. This is not how we do things in Canada.”

Only, as it turns out, that’s totally how they do things in Canada according to the CBC:

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.

What’s more, the children are held in prison like conditions that the CBC described as “frightening.”:


The 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.

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.”

Inside, boredom is “pervasive,” as children are often left “idle, sleeping or lying on the couches for long periods during the day.”

The CBC notes that the average time a child is kept in detention was for 13 days, but that number can vary significantly. One recorded case had a six-year-old girl detained for more than six months.

It’s hard to reinforce border laws and maintain security while simultaneously making sure everyone is as happy as they can possibly be, but the reality of law enforcement is that you’re going to be left with a lot of unhappy people.

Oddly, there seems to be more unhappiness about who is enforcing the law, rather than the law itself.

Very…very odd.


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