Why is Canada a winter destination for Mexican Vacationers?

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

DATA DIVE | Thu Mar 16, 2017 | 8:00am EDT

By Gabriel StargardterLizbeth Diaz and Anna Mehler Paperny

Shortly after crossing the Rio Grande into the gang-infested border city of Reynosa, dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump’s first days in office said they would soon try to head north again – but this time to Canada.

Mexican deportee Nico gestures while talking to sister Edith at Our Lady of Guadalupe migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

In a Reynosa migrant shelter, just yards from the U.S. border, 26-year-old Cenobio Rita said he had earned about $3,000 a month installing playgrounds in Richmond, Virginia, before he was deported on Feb. 15 after police found marijuana in his car.

Having left Mexico as a 14-year-old, he fretted about returning to his violent home state of Michoacan. With Trump taking a tough stance on undocumented immigrants, he ruled out a common path for many deportees – back into the United States.

“I want to go to Canada with my passport,” he said. “For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it’s Canada’s turn.”

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