There was no shortage of celebrities who threatened to leave the country during the 2016 election in the event Donald Trump would win. Among them were Lena Dunham, Al Sharpton, Amy Schumer, Samuel L. Jackson, Cher, Whoopie Goldberg, and of course, Rosie O’Donnell – among many, many others.Unfortunately for us, none of them actually did. But unlike other liberals making the same “pledge,” Hollywood’s finest at least has the wealth and skillset to immigrate legally to Canada. Not so much for the unemployed members of antifa, and gender studies degree-wielding baristas of the world.
According to the Daily Caller, Liberals seeking to move to Canada because they are unhappy with the election results are finding that Canada won’t take them because its immigration policies exclude those who won’t contribute to the economy.
One of the policies of President Donald Trump that has some Democrats claiming they want to jump ship is his pledge to limit immigration from people whose lives in America would be dependent on welfare. Trump promises “extreme vetting” before accepting immigrants or refugees.
But Democrats looking to move from the U.S. to Australia, Canada and other wealthy English-speaking nations are learning that those nations already have similar policies.A top law firm known for obtaining Canadian visas for U.S. citizens says there are three main ways to get in: by having in-demand job skills, by owning a business or having a high net worth, or by having relatives already there.
Canada’s official immigration page also sets a high bar, listing opportunities to “immigrate as a skilled worker,” “immigrate by starting a business and creating jobs” or “immigrate by investing in the Canadian economy.” Immigration rules for Australia and similar nations are comparable, with strict rules focused on accepting people that are a net value-added to their economy.
Maybe Donald Trump isn’t anti-immigrant like those liberals think after all. Maybe he just thinks we should be more like the country they’d rather live in.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]