Stephen Colbert on Trump’s First Presser
February 17, 2017
Keeping out bad hombres.
TORONTO — From Windsor, Ontario, it’s just a 10-minute drive over the Ambassador Bridge or through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to downtown Detroit. People cross all the time to work, shop, visit a gallery, go to a show or a game. Taxis regularly make the trip, and there’s even a Windsor city bus route through the tunnel.
But President Trump’s policies about who will be allowed to cross the border have Canadians so worried that school officials in and around Windsor have decided to suspend all student field trips to the American side.
“It was the prudent thing to do because there is so much confusion and uncertainty,” said Scott Scantlebury, spokesman for the Greater Essex County District School Board, which represents 35,000 students, many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants. “We don’t want to have some student turned back at the border, or even held up for a period of time.”
The school board’s decision was just one sign of the growing apprehension on the Canadian side of the border.
Stories of Canadian Muslims with immigrant backgrounds being stoppedand turned away from the border have roared across the country over the past week, as well as accounts of refugees fleeing the States and sneaking illegally the other way.
Canadians are concerned that American border officials are taking Mr. Trump’s travel ban to heart, even though his executive order barring people from certain Muslim countries has been suspended by the courts.
“It is like 9/11 all over again,” said Victor Konrad, a research professor at Carleton University who has written about the border. “Right after 9/11, most Canadians became very apprehensive about crossing the border. Many found themselves actually excluded from the United States.”
Students from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor decided to not risk going to Detroit last week for a lecture on cross-border economics, even though the ban was suspended, said Mark High, the president of the group that organized the lecture, the Canada-United States Business Association.