Aloysius Attah, Onitsha General Overseer of Bible Base Miracle Assembly, Rev. Jerry Nwachukwu, has called on the political class in both South South and South East of Nigeria to mount vigorous campaign for the people to register and collect their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs for the 2019 general election. Speaking to newsmen in Onitsha, headquarters…
Canada is sending a Spanish-speaking lawmaker to California to dissuade potential migrants from illegally crossing the border following Washington’s decision to end the temporary protected status of some 200,000 Salvadorans.
The trip was planned in anticipation of Monday’s decision by U.S. President Donald Trump and is part of a Canadian government attempt to prevent an influx of border-crossers.
It is related to the prevention that happened in 2017 after the U.S. said it would end temporary protected status granted to some 50,000 Haitians following a devastating earthquake in the Caribbean nation in 2010.
Many Haitians sought asylum in Canada based on expectations that they would easily be granted refugee status, the government said, leading lawmakers to reach out to diaspora communities to dispel such misinformation.
Like the Haitians, roughly 200,000 Salvadorans already living in the U.S. were granted protected status in 2001 following a major earthquake in El Salvador.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday said the protected status would end in September 2019.
“The Canadian government is “prepared” for a possible influx of border-crossing asylum seekers, but does not expect one,’’Hursh Jaswal, spokesman for Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen said.
“The ministry is sending Member of Parliament Pablo Rodriguez to California to talk to government officials and immigration groups about how Canada’s immigration and refugee system works.’’
Rodriguez is at least the third official whom Canada has sent to the U.S. in recent months to dispel misinformation about winning asylum.
Most recently, the immigration minister himself went to Minneapolis, which is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S.
No fewer than 18,000 asylum seekers illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada in 2017 to file refugee claims, almost 17,000 of whom went to the primarily French-speaking province of Quebec.
Asylum seekers cross illegally because under a U.S.-Canada agreement they will be turned back if they try to file refugee claims at formal land border crossings, because asylum seekers must file claims in the first country where they land, unless they meet certain exemptions.
Refugee status requires a claimant to convince decision-makers of a well-founded fear of persecution in his or her country of origin.
Angela Ventura, a representative of a Salvadoran-Canadian association in Windsor, Ontario, said she expects Salvadorans in the U.S. to move north following Monday’s announcement.
“Many of them have reasonable grounds for claiming refugee status in Canada.
“The situation in El Salvador is extremely dangerous,’’ Toronto refugee lawyer Raoul Boulakia.
Canada treats some claims for asylum differently than does the U.S.
According to Immigration and Refugee Board statistics, over 500 Salvadorans claimed refugee status in Canada from January to September 2017, which double the total for 2016 and more than any year since at least 2013.
About two-thirds of the claimants whose cases were finalised were granted refugee status.
— 16th April 2018
Tony John, Port Harcourt Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has inaugurated the Board of Directors of the state’s Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency, with a charge to the members to kick-start the process of recruiting quality operatives for the agency. Performing the inauguration, on Monday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said there…
— 16th April 2018
Billy Graham Abel, Yola Adamawa State has recorded its first case of death from Lassa Fever. The victim, a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) identified as Gabriel Ambe, serving in Gembu, Taraba, is said to have died on Thursday at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola. Dr. Batulu Mohammed, head…
— 16th April 2018
Resumes office at party secretariat Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti The Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, yesterday eulogized Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose for withdrawing the murder case he and other members of the party were facing. Awe, who was on a three-year exile over the…
— 16th April 2018
Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Determined to break the jinx and produce the governor in 2019, Ogun West Elders Council, on Monday, said the Council would hold a day political summit. Briefing newsmen at the NUJ Secretariat, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Chairman of the Council, Ajibola Olagbaye, said the summit with the theme, ‘Ogun West For Governor: 2019 Is…
Entertainment— 15th April 2018
Nollywood movie Ojukokoro and three other flicks – Oblivious, The Encounter, and Tell Me Sweet Something – were screened on Saturday night at Metrograph Theatre, New York. Ojukokoro (greed) is the hilarious feature film leading the line-up at the inaugural ‘Nollywood 3.0 Images and Stories From the African Diaspora Film Series’ in New York City….
South-West Report— 12th April 2018
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Abuja Metro— 11th April 2018
Nkechi Onyele & Marcus Nkire A red light area is not only a place where prostitution is carried out or men go to buy sex; it is also a place where generations live and where children are born and raised. Children of women in prostitution who live in red…
Oriental News— 11th April 2018
…Want contractor back on site Okey Sampson, Aba Residents of part of Ogbor Hill, Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State comprising Federal Housing Estate, Pepple, Aguwa, Akpu, Ovom roads and other adjourning areas breathed a sigh of relief when in 2001, the administration of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu constructed access link from Ogbor Hill…
Features— 16th April 2018
Emma Emeozor, [email protected] Ian Khama took the international community by surprise when he announced early in the month that he was voluntarily stepping down as president of Botswana. The 65-year-old leader will be the second African president to step down in recent time after Angola’s former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 75. Kham’s announcement came not…
Literary Review— 14th April 2018
Henry Akubuiro, Lagos Perhaps more than any other group in the last three decades, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), has contributed to the promotion of reading and discovery of new literary talents in Nigeria. Founded in 1981 by the legendary novelist, Chinua Achebe, the association has through, its routine creative writing workshops, award of…
Lifeline— 16th April 2018
Job Osazuwa They sway and dangle from electric poles, constituting a scary sight. Some hang so low that you could touch them with your hands. These sagging and hanging cables and wires have become a familiar sight in major cities across Nigeria. And the situation has become a serious cause of concern as it poses…
Education Review— 10th April 2018
Clement Adeyi, Osogbo Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede who was inaugurated as the 11th substantive Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State in June last year, bares his mind on efforts being put in place by his administration to improve on the school’s infrastructure, maintain the rich academic standard that the university is…
TSWeekend— 13th April 2018
Fatimah Muhammad-Omolaja Fast rising actor, Yomi Fabiyi lost his beloved mother recently. But much as he still feels the pain of her demise, he takes solace in the advice she gave him while alive. In an online chat with the thespian, he talked about how his late mother’s advice has continued to sustain him in…
Opinion— 16th April 2018
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