Mexican applicants for Canadian visa camp outside embassy in Mexico City

Photo by Garrett Albright

Photo by Garrett Albright

The Canadian Press, 7/15/2009

About one hundred Mexicans with travel plans to Canada camped outside the Canadian embassy overnight Tuesday to get a first crack at submitting their visa applications, and local media reports said the numbers swelled to 1,000 by mid Wednesday morning.

The Canadian government announced suddenly Monday that it was imposing visa restrictions for the first time on Mexican nationals, giving people 48-hours to get their papers in place.

The move was a response to a rapidly growing number of refugee claims made by Mexicans who show up on Canadian soil.

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