Canadian Immigration and the U.S.
The president’s nativist rhetoric presents immigration as a risk to American welfare, and a burden on the “American” people. Canada’s immigration policies, however, reflect a welcoming nation that encourages the economic benefits that immigrants bring; one fifth of Canada’s population is foreign. Margaret Eaton, the executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, points out that this welcoming attitude is not just because Canadians are nice – the country only consists of 36 million people, compared to the U.S. with more than 325 million.
The biggest contrast between the U.S. and Canada is that we have reformed our immigration system continuously, intensively, for a decade at a time when the U.S. has been facing gridlock. The consensus in Canada that immigration is part of our economic future and that part of our identity has never been stronger.
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