Immigration and Elections 2015 and 2016

(Below is a transcription of this video)

So this is an interesting time in U.S. and Canadian politics. The U.S. presidential primaries are underway, and the Canadian federal election is also proceeding, and the candidates are campaigning hard to try, obviously, to get the nomination and to ultimately win the election. Why I raise this, is because immigration is front and center on both sides of the border. As you know, Donald Trump on the U.S. has sparked a fire in terms of the immigration debate, and on the other side of the fence in Canada, national security is a major issue as well.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis is affecting both countries. People are coming in, and both governments have pledged to admit thousands and thousands and thousands of Syrian refugees on humanitarian grounds. Well, I’m not gonna take a position in this video as to who I think would be best from an immigration perspective, which candidate would be the best, because frankly, none of them have really articulated what I consider a rational approach to immigration.

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Now, I’m an immigration lawyer, and myself and my team, we help individuals immigrate to Canada and United States, navigating the complex regulations, which are becoming more and more complex and making it more and more difficult to cross borders. The clients we help range from business people, skilled workers, families who wanna be reunited, and sometimes we help refugees as well, who for humanitarian reasons wanna come to Canada and United States to make a life for themselves, who are fleeing prosecution and terrible places where their rights aren’t respected.

National Security Concerns

Basically, my view is this. Yes, national security is paramount. Especially, with all the terrorism concerns, it’s valid. But both countries have been built and continue to be built on immigration. Immigrants typically are extremely motivated when they come. They wanna work. They wanna raise their families. They wanna contribute culturally, economically, and socially. Yes, there’s been individuals who have come, who have committed crimes, and it’s a terrible thing, and there are laws that deal with that.

I know about the issue of sanctuary cities. Definitely a concern. But citizens, as well, commit crimes. It’s not a situation where a disproportionate amount of immigrant do. That’s not the case. In fact, a disproportionate amount of immigrants do their best to try to get jobs and to build a life for themselves, because they know what it feels like to live in oppressive countries where their rights aren’t respective, where they can’t get ahead.

So I’m just weighing in on the issue of immigration that I think that there’s a lot of fear and a lot of finger pointing where immigrants themselves are being blamed for the troubles we have. As I said again, national security is definitely a concern, and definitely has to be addressed. But let’s not over blow it and paint everyone with the same brush. And remember that immigrants fuel our economy, fuel our culture, and we are not a closed society. We’re an open society, and that’s what makes us a free society. So I don’t know if you agree with everything I’ve said. That’s okay. Click Like if you like it, and feel free to comment as well, and visit us at

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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