‘Canada’s Border Still Leaking’

“The federal government revealed Tuesday that 5,712 refugee claimants had arrived in Canada in the month of August alone—an 82% jump from July.

“Canada is not ready to handle a second wave of Latin American asylum seekers who may already be starting to flee the United States, says the head of Canada’s border-guard union…”


Illegally entering Canada from Champlain, New York, U.S., August 7, 2017. (Christinne Muschi—REUTERS)

“…the Trudeau government’s incoherent policy regarding border crossings. If these migrants showed up at the official port of entry at Lacolle claiming Canada’s protection, they would be turned back, because Ottawa considers the U.S. a “safe third country” (i.e. a safe place for individuals to claim refugee status).

“Yet, confusingly, migrants are not being turned back when they pass through a well-known, unofficial crossing mere kilometres from the official port of entry at Lacolle. These illegal crossings occur right in front of RCMP officers.

“This inconsistency is the result of an odd loophole in the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: it only applies at official crossings, not unofficial ones. The signatory governments assumed it would be too difficult to confirm the journey of people who crossed illegally and proceeded to lodge refugee claims in Canadian cities.

“Canada’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen has reminded potential refugee claimants that entering through unofficial crossings is illegal, and has said they should instead submit their refugee claims in the U.S. Yet, words are meaningless if they’re not backed up by consequences {!}… (our Supreme Court has said refugee claimants in Canada are entitled to a hearing only if they risk being returned to a dangerous country).

“If this is allowed to continue, it will almost certainly undermine public confidence in our immigration system…”

–‘Canada’s illogical refugee policy favours illegal migrants’,
National Post, August 15, 2017

Feature PHOTO: Asylum seekers step out of a tent to receive lunch at the Canada-United States border in Lacolle, Que. August 10, 2017. (Graham Hughes–CANADIAN PRESS)


See also:
Illegal Border Crossing Update{July 22, 2017}:

Canada: Rewarding Illegal Entry{Feb.17, 2017}:

Another Senator Muzzled By Political Correctness’ (Illegal Immigration) {Aug.25, 2017}:
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