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Fight or Flight Mentality Pushes Americans to Consider Canada

Giovanni Toribio, Staff Writer

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On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald John Trump became the President-elect of the United States, leaving worry and anxiety on many Americans’ peace of minds.

The results of Trump’s surprising victory were astounding. In the United States, protests filled the streets from Los Angeles to Boston and beyond. “Not my president, not today,” was a proclamation by many as Trump’s triumph shocked the country.

Many American people are even on the fence about hopping the fence to neighboring Canada as a reaction to the recent win by Trump for president. Over the past couple of months, the spook of voters caused intense considerations to migrate to The Great White North.

In fact, American interest in moving abroad caused a delay in the Canada’s immigration website on the day of the election, revealing how concerned the population is about a Trump presidency.

Cape Breton, a small Atlantic island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, even established a website at the beginning of the Trump campaign meant to persuade divided Americans curious of making the trek to Canada to reside in their humble town. Because of an aging and migrating population, Cape Breton welcomes any and all Americans, regardless of political beliefs, with open arms. The island also serves to reach out to the Mexican, African-American, Muslim, and female populations, the subjects of Donald Trump’s comments.

In spite of the incredible amount of interest in moving North, most Americans should expect trouble emigrating to Canada.However, Peter Edelmann, of Vancouver immigration law firm Edelmann & Co., notes that if you’re an American doctor, lawyer or architect looking to relocate temporarily with a Canadian job offer in hand, the process of immigration is relatively easy. About 38,000 people are on the wait list to permanently reside in the Lumberjack Country as of yet.

It should be noted that this is not the first time the idea of mass migration has occurred in the minds of the American public. In the time of the Vietnam War, conscientious objectors to the war who wished to take refuge from the draft, called “draft dodgers,” often made their way to Canada as well.

In this case, however, mass migration could be seen as an ineffective response to Trump’s influence. America’s global reach being what it is, it’ll be difficult to escape Donald Trump’s influence even across the border.

Some citizens, such as Chicago’s Oscar Barajas, stands proudly to reside on American soil, citing his loyalty to the United States as a firm reason to stay. “We’re Americans like all other Americans,” he said. “We’re here, we’re not going anywhere, and we’re going to defend our rights and the rights of all Americans regardless of who’s in the highest office in the land.”

Celebrities are also interested in making their way to America’s next door neighbor. “Breaking Bad” and “Malcolm in the Middle” star, Bryan Cranston, is the most recent to express his desire to move to Canada following the results of the election. “It’s not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won’t,” said a disbelieving Cranston of a Trump presidency.

Noted author Stephen King has also divulged on his intentions to migrate up North, stating that “a Trump presidency scares [him] more than anything else.” Singer Barbara Streisand, actor Keegan-Michael Key, R&B singer Ne-Yo are also among the top celebrities considering the big move.

Nevertheless, Canada expects to receive up to 300,000 immigrants this year and with one of the best immigration standards in the world, Canada is happy to receive any and all people who seek to enter their merry country.

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Fight or Flight Mentality Pushes Americans to Consider Canada