Month: April 2014

COM 401 – The War Resisters Support Campaign

In the 1960s and 1970s an estimated 125,000 Americans crossed the border into Canada to avoid the Draft for the ongoing war in Vietnam. At that time, then-Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed them and gave them refuge from a war with which many didn’t agree. Thirty years later the same situation is happening again as men and women who disagree with the United States’ presence in Iraq and Afghanistan cross into Canada, seeking asylum. Currently, the Canadian Government takes the stance that the legality of the US involvement in war with those countries does not affect Immigration cases of U.S. citizens seeking refuge in Canada. The War Resisters Support Campaign (WRSC) is a group of Canadian and U.S. political organizations, unions, councils, and individuals who are calling on the Canadian Government to reverse its stance and allow those seeking refuge to be allowed to make their homes in Canada.