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Politics divides views on whether Canada should accept those losing DACA status

While most Canadians say U.S. President Donald Trump was wrong to phase out DACA – the Obama-era program that allowed roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to remain in that country legally –  it doesn’t mean they would invite DACA recipients to move to Canada.

A new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds two-thirds of Canadians (64%) saying America’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should remain in place, but considerably smaller numbers saying their own country should welcome those affected by the end of the policy. Some 38 per cent say Canada should offer DACA recipients the opportunity to come here, while 34 per cent say Canada should offer no such opportunity. The rest (28%) are unsure.

Canadians’ views on this question vary significantly depending on their familiarity with the DACA program, their age, and their political leanings.

These findings come as a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers makes its way through Mexico to the U.S. border. Trump has equated the caravan with DACA and illegal immigration writ-large, tweeting – incorrectly – that people attempting to cross the border illegally are doing so “to take advantage” of DACA, and arguing that there should be no Congressional deal to preserve the program.

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More Key Findings:

  • The youngest Canadian adults – those ages 18-24 – are among those most enthusiastic about the prospect of Canada welcoming DACA recipients, while those ages 25 and older are more divided
  • Those who voted for the Liberal or New Democratic parties in 2015 largely support inviting DACA recipients to come to Canada, while most of those who supported the Conservative Party say Canada should not offer such an opportunity
  • Overall, awareness of this issue in Canada is relatively low, with one-in-four (24%) saying they haven’t seen or heard anything about it, and another 29 per cent “just scanning the headlines”


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