The Immigration Act of 1869 was one of the earliest laws containing matters related to pauper immigrants.
After three years, the said act was amended to contain provisions legalizing the deportation of unwanted immigrants, wherein immigrants were allowed to set foot in Canada and stay for the time being until the government of Canada sends them back to wherever they came from.
Fast forward to the 20th century, Statistics Canada has recorded a growing number of hate crimes against Muslims.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network said that in Canada, this issue has become more common over the years. Every few weeks, some immigrants are told to go back to where they came from.
The Canadian government has used various clandestine methods to cover up deportations by instilling fear and creating a notion that Canadians of color are not as loyal to Canada itself, but rather their loyalty belongs to wherever country they came from or to their religions.
Xenophobia has evolved further when socialism spread through Eastern Europe and Asia. Instead of immigrants getting called “dirty foreigners”, they were called “job stealers”, “political subversives”, and many other similar stereotypical terms.
This caused unnecessary fear among Canadians that created misconceptions that foreigners are carriers of diseases; they work even if they get paid low wages, or they are invaders of society or are terrorists.