The long history of ‘go back to where you came from’ in Canada

“Three years later, the government amended the Immigration Act. Legal recourse against unwelcome newcomers was beefed up with something more actionable than just fines: they could now set foot on Canadian soil, but only temporarily, until the Canadian government could send them back ‘from whence they came.’ The government had officially legalized deportation. Not suitable for Canada? We don’t want you—go back to where you came from. It’s the law.”

Michael Fraiman – Maclean’s – August 2019

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