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As Canada Takes in Haitian Asylum-seekers, Uncertainty Persists

Canada’s government has partly filled in a ditch so pedestrians surging through an illegal border crossing from upstate New York into Quebec won’t hurt themselves. It has set up processing tents and is hiring people to transport and feed the newcomers.

Despite those welcoming gestures, Haitian asylum-seekers can’t get too comfortable, some immigration experts say.

“It’s false that Canada will provide asylum for those who have been crossing at the border,” said Jean-Ernest Pierre, a Haitian immigration attorney in Montreal. He said some Haitian migrants were misled by social media accounts recommending Canada as a more receptive alternative to the United States, …read more

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