Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Half of Canadians: Deport Illegal US Border Crossers

Half of Canadians: Deport Illegal US Border Crossers

Some 48 percent of Canadians support "increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally", according to a new poll released on Monday.

Dan Brien, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said trying to come across the border under the radar "is not a "free" ticket to Canada", adding that all asylum seekers who enter the country illegally are immediately arrested. The Conservative opposition have called on him to enforce stricter border controls and to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement which prohibits most migrants in the USA from making a refugee claim at an official border post and forces them to enter the country via unsafe routes. The RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency and public safety officials are said to be analyzing the influx, explains Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who said most of the asylum seekers meant to eventually end up in Canada, rather than the US. Filing refugee claims and illegal crossing from the U.S.to Canada are higher than they have been in years, reports The Guardian.

A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada "less safe", underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau's Liberal government.

Yet not all Canadians are supportive of Trudeau's immigration stance. A similar number (46 percent) disapprove of how Trudeau, are following suit., is dealing with the numbers of immigrants.

"Refugees are much more welcomed when we have gone and selected them ourselves as a country, as opposed to refugees who have chosen us", said Janet Dench, executive director of Canadian Council for Refugees, according to Reuters. "We will continue to strike a balance between a rigorous system and accepting people who need help", he said as he announced a plan to resettle 1,200 Yazidi women. Additionally, 41 percent said that these migrants crossing from the US would make Canada "less safe".

"There are so many people in the world who want to come in and go through the right channels", said Greg Janzen, the leader of a municipality in Manitoba, Canada, that reportedly sees hundreds of people cross the border.

According to a separate Ipsos poll, 23 percent of Canadians listed immigration as among the top national issues - up from 17 percent in December. "These guys are jumping the border", he said. Brian Lee Crowley, head of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute public policy think tank, told Reuters that once the weather improves, it is possible the number of border crossers will increase even more.

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