(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
The Trudeau government is missing in action when it comes to combatting illegal immigration along the 49th parallel.
The problem is getting worse, and we now have evidence — courtesy of investigative reporting by the Rebel Media — that human smuggling rings are aiding and facilitating these illegal crossings.
And yet the Trudeau government has barely acknowledged the issue.
Instead, unfortunately, the attitude of federal officials has been to ignore the problem and pretend it doesn’t exist. Worse, some are even trying to suppress the story.
When Conservative MP Michelle Rempel voiced concerns over the illegal crossings, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top political aide (and best friend) Gerald Butts mocked her.
He tweeted that her remarks “would not age well,” shaming her and implying she would come to regret speaking out against illegal immigration from the U.S.
Butts’ tweet is a window into the mind of the Liberal government.
Butts arrogantly condemns an MP for speaking out against open borders, while naively claiming she is the one who is out of touch with Canadian sentiment.
Trudeau and his team may be bleeding-heart liberals, but most Canadians take a more level-headed approach.
A recent Angus Reid poll found 75% of Canadians believe public safety and security should take precedence over providing aid to these asylum seekers.
The Trudeau government’s apparent denial of this problem starts at the top, and the mindset has made its way through the ranks.
The RCMP recently announced it would no longer provide updates about the number of illegal crossings through a popular entryway in Emerson, Manitoba.
“The RCMP will no longer be releasing weekly numbers,” an RCMP spokesman told the CBC, “as we are looking at providing a more consolidated approach.”
Transparency and a “consolidated approach” to law enforcement are not mutually exclusive.
Since the department of Citizenship and Immigration is required by law to publish this information, our officials can only keep us in the dark for so long.
Canadians have a right to know, and hiding the truth from the public won’t change the facts on the ground.
One fact is that we are experiencing an unprecedented surge in illegal entries.
In the first three months of 2017 — the coldest and historically lowest months of the year for cross-border hopping — there were 4,350 asylum claims, including 1,860 intercepted at the border.
No wonder CBSA union President Jean-Pierre Fortin described it to me as “a crisis”.
A crisis the Trudeau government is reluctant to address for political reasons.
Trudeau has built his reputation on being welcoming to all refugees.
He was there at the airport to welcome Syrian refugees, taking selfies and giving hugs.
He’s been active on social media, providing a contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump by declaring that refugees are welcome in Canada.
Unfortunately, Trudeau also provided incorrect and misleading information to aspiring refugees about our immigration rules and admissibility process.
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