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With The U.S. Becoming Increasingly Hostile, Mexican Immigrants Are Turning To This Country For Asylum

With every passing day, the United States is becoming a less appealing destination for immigrants. But that hasn’t stopped immigrants from looking even further north for a potential home. In December, Canada stopped requiring visas for visiting Mexican citizens, which has created a surge of immigrants to that country.

According to the Washington Post, the number of immigrants detained at the Mexico-U.S. border has declined nearly 38 percent since February of 2016.

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Over the same period, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. seeking asylum in Canada has increased by 212 percent. Many of these U.S.-based Mexican immigrants are likely choosing a life in Canada over the uncertainty that comes with staying in President Trump’s America.

Many immigrants see President Trump’s immigration policies as a reason to avoid the U.S.

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In an interview with Reuters, 26-year-old Mexican immigrant Cenobio Rita explained that after a recent deportation from the U.S., he now had his sights set on immigrating to Canada: “I want to go to Canada with my passport. For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it’s Canada’s turn.”

Though Canada has relaxed its requirements for Mexican immigrants, many hurdles still exist.

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Even with an Electronic Travel Authorization form — a tourist permit — immigrants still face a struggle to find work. Immigrants using ETAs to enter the country are not legally authorized to work without a work permit given to them by an employer. Canadian officials even employ strict searches to ascertain whether or not Mexican visitors are there as tourists or are there in search of work and a residence.

Despite these hurdles, more and more migrants are seriously considering Canada as an alternative over the U.S.

Read more about the migrants making their way to Canada in this story by Reuters.

[MORE] In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north – to Canada

READ: Here’s How Easy It Will Be For Mexicans To Visit Canada

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Michael Peña Says His Brother Actually Named One Of His Kids 'Angelina Jolie Peña'

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Michael Peña Says His Brother Actually Named One Of His Kids ‘Angelina Jolie Peña’

Michael Peña, one of the leads in the upcoming comedy “CHiPs,” stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and showed why he’s one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. Although some may peg him as a dramatic actor — some of his recent films include “The Martian” and “End of Watch” — the 41-year-old’s razor-sharp comic timing was on full display in his conversation with Kimmel.

Here, Peña hilariously recounts his experience with “CHiPs” co-star Dax Shepard, who is *very* comfortable with being nude.

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“He was at like zero percent body fat the first week. He did like… He was naked the entire week!”

Peña also took a moment to tease his brother, a correctional officer, for refusing to appear in “CHiPs.” Oh, and also for naming one of his kids Angelina Jolie Peña.

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“One of the kids is named Ariana, you know, and I didn’t know that it was like, after Ariana Grande. Which is totally cool, you know. The other one is Anthony Michael, like Anthony Michael Hall. And then the third one, he just pulled the trigger. He’s like screw it. Angelina Jolie. Peña. Angelina Jolie Peña,” joked Peña.

“CHiPs” opens next week. If the movie does well, could it lead to Peña being the sole lead of a comedy? We’ll have to wait and see.

Interview: Michael Peña is Just a Regular Dude Doing Extraordinary Things


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