Undocumented immigrants stay in the US before entering Canada
United States, 2nd May: Its official now. It’s the US, and not Canada, that is a gateway for majority of undocumented immigrants coming to Canada from the world over.
According to latest information by an internal American consular memo, majority of undocumented immigrants live in the US before crossing over to Canada and seek immigration status there.
Phillip Chicola, a U.S. consular in Vancouver, has written to the White House that a large number of undocumented immigrants, after spending years in the US, sneak into Canada by changing their identity and their passports in a bid to hide their unlawful stay in the US earlier.
Taking the issue in detail, he revealed in 23rd February, 2010 cable that several undocumented aliens cover up the previous orders of removal issued to them in the US confirming their unlawful stay in the US. Such immigrants arrive in Canada for seeking legal immigration status after living in the US for long period without legal authority to do so, Chicola added.
The fact that all such undocumented immigrants have lived in the US before making a move to Canada is proved by the typical US accent or the ability of such immigrants to speak better-than-average English apart from the standard systems of identification, asserts Chicola.
More often, it’s the US that happens to level allegations that Canada is becoming an easy route for undocumented immigrants wanting to come to the US, he stated.
Agrees a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Don DeVoretz. DeVoretz, who is an observer of issues related to immigration maintains that it’s an irony that the US is being used as a route way for undocumented immigrants for getting entry to Canada.
For long, it has been a common held notion of Americans that undocumented aliens come to their nation from Canada, but it has now been noticed that it’s the other way around, stated an amazed DeVoretz. H-1B visa program that allows temporary foreign workers having professional qualifications including IT and engineering skills to live and work for a limited period of time has become a source of misuse by the foreigners, the diplomatic cable reports.
Although, the number of such cases have gone down considerably in Vancouver since the probe by Calgary officials, but the investigations are going on unabated to find those misusing the H-1B visas in Canada.