If Trump closes U.S.-Mexico border, here’s who will really feel the pain
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Donald Trump’s threatened closure of the U.S.-Mexico border, even for a short time, would have a massive economic impact.
Former CIA agent and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has a message for Canada.
Doctors for Protection from Guns want to make sure their voices are heard in the Canadian debate over revamping firearms legislation.
“I really wanted to close it. But now Mexico is saying, ‘No, no, no,'” he said. “And they’ve apprehended over 1,000 people at the southern border, their southern border. And they’re bringing them back to their countries.”
Cars queue up to be inspected by U.S. border patrol officers before crossing from Mexico into the U.S. at the San Ysidro point of entry in Tijuana on March 29. About half a million people legally cross the U.S.-Mexico border each day in Texas alone. (Jorge Duenes/Reuters)
It seems unlikely that Trump will actually follow through and seal the frontier with Mexico, if only because no one else thinks it’s a good idea.
Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, has warned of the “potentially catastrophic economic impact” of such a move.
5 of 6 — how many of those states Trump carried in his narrow 2016 win.
88-0 — the U.S. Senate vote approvingThe Refugee Act of 1980, which permits anyone to claim asylum in the United States once they are “physically present” in the country or at a “land border or port of entry.”
37 — percentage of American-made auto parts that are shipped to Mexico for further work and assembly.
$ 53 billion — value of U.S. auto sector imports that same year.
The National co-host Adrienne Arsenault interviews whistle-blower Edward Snowden, and he has a message for Canada.
This was an interesting morning. It started with an early and slightly complicated-to-arrange conversation with former CIA agent and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
He has asylum in Russia and he pops up with some frequency to talk with universities, but he doesn’t do a lot of interviews. This one he wanted to do because he has something to say to Canadians, particularly the Canadian government.
Adrienne Arsenault interviews U.S. intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden on Wednesday morning. (Jean-Francois Bisson/CBC)
Effectively, he told me via videolink that he thinks Canada is somehow fearful of irritating the Americans, and that it could have a serious cost.
They’ve been here a week, and are still sleepy and bewildered and marvelling at the novelties of snow and wide streets and old stone buildings. They would not have sheltered Snowden had they not been asked to help this young man out by their Canadian lawyer, Robert Tibbo.
The domino effect has meant that all seven of the “Snowden angels” became hunted. Even Tibbo has been forced to flee Hong Kong, living in an undisclosed location in Europe.
Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana exit Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto on March 25 after they were granted asylum in Canada. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)
Those who help Snowden, it seems, end up paying. And that’s why he suspects Canada has not immediately opened the doors to the five left behind.
“If this process is independent, if it’s truly independent, they already would have been admitted. I believe, and everyone else believes, the only reason this process for admission has taken so long is simply because the Canadian government is bending over backwards not to create an appearance that might irritate the United States government.”
This is not to say Snowden is unappreciative of what Canada has done so far. He suggests there really is no other place on earth that could or would do this.
“In the current moment the United States is very much failing to live up to its obligations …. admitting these families is something Canada can be proud of. And seeing these families have a happy ending, I think in the fullness of history it’s something that the United States will be very much glad happened.”
But all those who helped him are not safe yet, and really, neither is he.
Snowden does venture out in public, and says he goes largely unrecognized in grocery stores and the metro in Russia, but he never fails to be recognized in places like computer stores. Within moments of walking in, he says, they always spot him.
If someone is going to God forbid, you know, assassinate me on the street, that’s only going to prove my point.– Edward Snowden
“It’s been so many years now — if the United States government is going to take some action against me, if someone is going to God forbid, you know, assassinate me on the street, that’s only going to prove my point. I’ve done as much as I can and I’m going to continue to do more and more as I have the days … but I’m satisfied with the choices I’ve made, and however much time that I haveI can only be grateful for.”
It’s not always easy to get a measure of someone when you are looking at them through a webcam, but he seems determined, at times funny, vigilant always, and clearly well read.
In fact, he brought up the recent spasms in Ottawa, and Jody Wilson Raybould’s recording of a phone conversation between herself and Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick.
“I actually think it is a bit surprising that members of government would consider their phone calls to be private,” he says.
WATCH: The interview with Edward Snowden tonight on The National on CBC Television and streamed online
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Prescription against gun violence
Doctors for Protection from Guns want to make sure their voices are heard in the Canadian debate over revamping firearms legislation, producer PerlitaStroh writes.
Hundreds of doctors across Canada are rallying today for stronger gun laws.
They are urging the government to pass Bill-C71, which among other things would enhance background checks on people who want to buy guns and force retailers keep a record of firearms sales and inventories. The doctors are also pushing the government to amend gun laws and institute a ban on handguns and assault rifles for private citizens.
Although gun violence is usually associated most strongly with the U.S., Canadian doctors say it has become a growing issue here.
“Canada is now near the top of countries impacted by gun violence,” says Dr. Peter Dodek, a critical care specialist at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital. “It’s not a small issue here.”
Doctors and other health-care workers pushing for stronger gun laws marched in Montreal on Wednesday, one of several marches across the country. Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns is calling for a national ban on private ownership of handguns and assault rifles. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)
In fact, firearm-related violent crime has risen 42 per cent in Canada since 2013. In Toronto alone, there were 428 shooting incidents in 2018, nearly two and a half times the number that occurred in 2014.
Doctors are hoping that by sharing their stories of treating gun injuries, it will influence the government to make changes to firearms legislation that they say will save lives.
Not everyone agrees with them.
This fall, the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights echoed the opinion expressed by the U.S. National Rifle Association that doctors here should butt out of the gun safety issue, telling physicians to “stay in your lane.“
People in the medical community responded by founding Doctors for Protection from Guns, the group organizing the rally today.
“If preventing gun injuries isn’t my lane, I don’t know what is,” says Dr. Julie Maggie, a psychiatrist at St. Mike’s Hospital in Toronto. “We see the health impacts of gun violence, and I believe we are morally and ethically obliged to talk about ways we can prevent these preventable injuries.”
Doctors are rallying in 13 major Canadian cities on this issue today, including in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Watch coverage of the rallies tonight on The National, and hear from Canadian doctors about their experiences with gun trauma.
A few words on …
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“The message is basically if you have a strong voice, we’re really, really willing to hear from you … At the same time, the message is, you know, when there is a breach of trust and you’re in a team, obviously, well, it’s difficult to continue to be part of a team.”