Baring witness to a surge of asylum seekers on their lands, several anti-immigrant groups rallied on the Canadian side of the US border near Ottawa today. They were met by Anti-fascist counter-protesters.
The Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a protest group which stands against the policies of the liberal Canadian government, said it was worried about Muslim immigrants wanting to impose Shariah law in Canada as soon as their numbers reach a tipping point.
Sharia law are the Islamic religious guidelines described in the Koran which govern everything from personal hygiene, to marriage, to pilgrimages and burials.
Georges Hallak, the founder of the CCCC, said: "I respect immigration 100 per cent, as long as the people coming to this country do not have criminal records, do not pose a threat to normal Canadians, that they come here with the intent to follow the laws of Canada without trying to modify it for their needs. But we're talking about Shariah law, which goes against the constitution of Canada."
Mr Hallak said further that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to properly secure the border and was allowing several mayors to declare cities sanctuaries, thus shielding undocumented migrants. A worrisome evolution, he felt.
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Another group protesting illegal immigrant crossings were the Storm Alliance, a nationalist group that plans to patrol the border crossing near the city of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, given that thousands of immigrants have crossed into Canada from there without any proper documentation.
Canadian federal officials have admitted that so far 13,000 asylum seekers entered Canada irregularly this year, many of them crossing over from New York State.
A third group known as La Meute, French for "The Wolf Pack", also joined in. La Meute are Quebec sovereignists who are fearful that Muslims will at a certain point demand the instalment of Shariah law in Canada.