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  • Avoid Deportation: 2,000 Pakistanis in US flee to Canada

    So far about 2,000 Pakistanis have fled to Canada to escape arrest and deportation from the United States where they had been living for years, The Dawn reported.

    The Pakistan Embassy in Washington says it knows about 400 families who have taken refuge in Canada but acknowledges that many more might have gone quietly.

    Pakistani welfare groups, who assist the refugees, say they know of at least 2,000 Pakistanis who have fled to Canada.

    "They may be right. We do not have the exact figure but we know many are going," says Imran Ali, the second secretary at the Pakistan Embassy who deals with such issues.

    Interviews with some of the Pakistani refugees reveal that most asylum seekers use three border crossings, one in Michigan and two in New York.

    Each night, Pakistanis board the midnight Greyhound bus at Manhattan's Port Authority, and six hours later they arrive at a deserted strip mall on the western edge of Plattsburgh, NY. Taxi drivers charge 50 dollars for the ride up through frozen northern farmlands to the border turnaround.

    They walk the final 300 yards through the snow to the Canadian immigration centre. Another popular route is the Buffalo-Niagara border crossing, which too is in New York.

    So far the New York-Canada border is the busiest escape route because New York City has a vast Pakistani community.

    Those who use the Plattsburgh route, end up at Canada's Lacolle Immigration Centre, 30 miles south of Montreal. The centre's director, Ronald Blanchet, says that since January 1, 150 Pakistanis have crossed this border into Canada. In normal times, he said, not more than a hundred Pakistanis crossed this border in an entire year.

    In Buffalo, which sits along a busier immigration route, a local shelter houses about 200 Pakistanis a night who wait to walk across the bridge to the Canadian immigration centre and file asylum applications.

    Blanchet noted that his staff runs criminal background checks, and relatively few of the Pakistanis fail, showing that the new arrivals are peaceful citizens who were not involved in criminal activities in the United States.

    If applicants pass that hurdle, they can continue on to Montreal or Toronto and begin a year-long series of asylum hearings.

    According to a recent Washington Post report, Canada grants asylum to 54 per cent of the applicants.

    Those who are rejected are returned to the United States and turned over to the American border station.

    On a visit to the Buffalo shelter, journalists found dozens of Pakistani immigrants from New York city who said they were "fleeing from the night raids and fear of deportation."

    They all walk to the border in freezing cold and many end up with cold and fever by the time they enter Canada.

    For those without visas in these nervous times, deportation is almost certain. The panic started after December 16, when the registration deadline for the first group of Muslim immigrants expired. More than 1,200 of those who came to register were detained.

    The detentions have sparked protests and demonstrations but last week the US Justice Department added five nations to the registration programme.

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    So far about 2,000 Pakistanis have fled to Canada to escape arrest and deportation from the United States where they had been living for years, The Dawn reported.

    The Pakistan Embassy in Washington says it knows about 400 families who have taken refuge in Canada but acknowledges that many more might have gone quietly.

    Pakistani welfare groups, who assist the refugees, say they know of at least 2,000 Pakistanis who have fled to Canada.

    "They may be right. We do not have the exact figure but we know many are going," says Imran Ali, the second secretary at the Pakistan Embassy who deals with such issues.

    Interviews with some of the Pakistani refugees reveal that most asylum seekers use three border crossings, one in Michigan and two in New York.

    Each night, Pakistanis board the midnight Greyhound bus at Manhattan's Port Authority, and six hours later they arrive at a deserted strip mall on the western edge of Plattsburgh, NY. Taxi drivers charge 50 dollars for the ride up through frozen northern farmlands to the border turnaround.

    They walk the final 300 yards through the snow to the Canadian immigration centre. Another popular route is the Buffalo-Niagara border crossing, which too is in New York.

    So far the New York-Canada border is the busiest escape route because New York City has a vast Pakistani community.

    Those who use the Plattsburgh route, end up at Canada's Lacolle Immigration Centre, 30 miles south of Montreal. The centre's director, Ronald Blanchet, says that since January 1, 150 Pakistanis have crossed this border into Canada. In normal times, he said, not more than a hundred Pakistanis crossed this border in an entire year.

    In Buffalo, which sits along a busier immigration route, a local shelter houses about 200 Pakistanis a night who wait to walk across the bridge to the Canadian immigration centre and file asylum applications.

    Blanchet noted that his staff runs criminal background checks, and relatively few of the Pakistanis fail, showing that the new arrivals are peaceful citizens who were not involved in criminal activities in the United States.

    If applicants pass that hurdle, they can continue on to Montreal or Toronto and begin a year-long series of asylum hearings.

    According to a recent Washington Post report, Canada grants asylum to 54 per cent of the applicants.

    Those who are rejected are returned to the United States and turned over to the American border station.

    On a visit to the Buffalo shelter, journalists found dozens of Pakistani immigrants from New York city who said they were "fleeing from the night raids and fear of deportation."

    They all walk to the border in freezing cold and many end up with cold and fever by the time they enter Canada.

    For those without visas in these nervous times, deportation is almost certain. The panic started after December 16, when the registration deadline for the first group of Muslim immigrants expired. More than 1,200 of those who came to register were detained.

    The detentions have sparked protests and demonstrations but last week the US Justice Department added five nations to the registration programme.

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    • #3
      IS THAT THE REAL AMERICA ?? LAND OF THE FREE ?????
      EVERYTHING LOOKS OWFUL...
      AMERICA IS BUSY TO GET READY FOR WAR ON IRAK SOMETIMES IN FEBRUARY...ALL HER ALLIES HAVE LET HER DOWN CAUSE NO ONE WANT WAR...
      WHAT IS ALL THIS CHAOS ??? WHERE IS AMERICA GOING ??? OR SHALL WE SAY ONE MORE TIME IT'S THE SIONIST LOBBY WHO IS BEHIND ALL THIS CHAOS ?????

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      • #4
        Heh, so now Canada has to deal with all the illegals? They becoming a dumpster for the US i guess.

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        • #5
          We beated Paki's butt in Asia and we are doing it again in America.

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          • #6
            It is so shamful that people who have been living
            in states for decades has to go through this.

            I think our pasion for civil liberty is fading.

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