In a nation that was built by people escaping harsh conditions in search of a better life, immigration and refugee policies have been issues about which many Canadians often feel ambivalent or perplexed. When illegal migrants land on our shores unexpectedly and under harsh conditions, our principles and sympathies can be severely put to the test. Determining what is the right thing to do, the humane thing, the legal thing, and the realistic and practical thing are questions that demand great wisdom on the part of governments and the general public. Faced with the results of international trafficking in human lives, our decision-making is rendered even more difficult.
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