(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
The Trudeau government’s outrageous tax hike on small businesses has overshadowed another of the government’s blunders: the ongoing surge of illegal immigration.
While the number of daily crossings is down slightly, the crisis is far from over. And it’s become clear that the Trudeau government has no strategy to stop the ongoing flow of illegal migrants.
A bombshell presentation on Thursday to the House of Commons public safety committee revealed that 32,000 migrants have illegally entered Canada so far this year.
Federal officials admitted that the figures from the first eight months of 2017 are already 25% higher than the total number of claims received in 2016.
Canada’s illegal immigration problem stems from one specific point-of-entry: an unmanned crossing near Champlain, New York – about 50 kilometers south of Montreal.
It’s hardly even correct, though, to call this an “unmanned crossing.” It was once unmanned – a ditch across Roxham Road, separating upstate New York from rural Quebec.
But more than 13,000 of this year’s illegal migrants have walked into Canada at this one spot.
This ditch gets more traffic than some official border crossings.
In response, the Trudeau government has built an impromptu welcome center. They’ve set up tents, desks, temporary housing and even shuttle buses to Montreal – a self-styled sanctuary city that hands out free goodies to all illegal migrants.
Trudeau is sending a clear message to all would-be illegal migrants: Canada will welcome you.
Instead of building a barrier to stop these crossings, we built a bridge – a literal land bridge over the ditch to make it easier for migrants to walk into Canada.
Instead of ordering migrants to cross at the official border a few kilometers away, RCMP are welcoming migrants with open arms – occasionally even helping with their luggage.
Our police look more like bellhops at a hotel than officers guarding the border of a sovereign nation.
And instead of screening and vetting these migrants – determining if they are bona fide refugees in need of Canada’s protection – our government immediately begins handing out welfare cheques to these newcomers.
Thursday’s committee hearing also revealed a significant backlog in the scheduling of interviews and hearings, as well as the astronomical costs of doling out welfare to illegal migrants.
While initial security and vetting appointments are being scheduled months away, the backlog for refugee hearings could take years.
In the meantime, each illegal migrant is given welfare benefits to the tune of about $20,000 per year.
Canada promptly issues welfare benefits – healthcare, housing and direct welfare payments – to foreign nationals who have illegally entered our country.
Their first act in Canada is to break our immigration law by entering illegally, and in turn, our government’s first act is to reward them with taxpayer-funded handouts.
If Trudeau wanted to slow the surge in illegal migration, he would stop enticing would-be illegal migrants with generous welfare handouts.
Instead, Trudeau is putting the wants of foreign asylum seekers ahead of the interests of hard-working Canadians footing the bill.
Liberals may defend this as generosity – offering a helping hand to someone in need.
It doesn’t feel like charity, however, for small business owners forced to cut from their own retirement savings to pay new and higher taxes under Trudeau’s new tax scheme.
Not all Canadians support Trudeau’s open border attitude.
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