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CANADIANS PLEDGE TO BUILD BORDER WALL AS DISGRUNTLED US VOTERS LOOK TO IMMIGRATE

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[11/10/16]  As soon as the first inklings of a Trump win became noticeable during the evening of US election day, those opposing Trump began to look at their immigration options, particularly Canada, in huge numbers. The interest in leaving the US for another country was so massive that Canada’s immigration website crashed at 10:30 PM ET last night, hours before Trump was officially declared the winner of the US presidential contest. After the crash, there was only intermittent accessibility to the site, though access now appears to be restored. Canadians on social media had an uncharacteristic response to the increased interest in immigration from the US that seems just a tad ironic considering the circumstances – they want a wall on their southern border to keep out any would-be immigrants.

Last year, Scott Walker, then a contender for the Republican nomination, suggested that a border wall along the Canadian border would be a “legitimate issue for us to look at.” However, Trump himself, who has famously promised to build a wall on the Mexican border, said that the construction of a wall on the US’ northern border would be “very hard” to accomplish. At the time, 41% of Americans supported the idea though there is currently no way of knowing if the US election results changed that.

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