A steady stream of illegal migrants continues to sneak across unpatrolled sections of our southern border.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
The problem of illegal immigration into Canada is getting worse.
You wouldn’t know it from watching the evening news or reading a national newspaper, but a steady stream of illegal migrants continues to sneak across unpatrolled sections of our southern border. Liberal journalists may feel uncomfortable telling the story, but the numbers don’t lie.
Over Easter weekend, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed that approximately 600 asylum seekers crossed illegally into Canada at one single location in Lacolle, Quebec.
During the first two months of 2018, Canada has experienced an overwhelming influx of illegal migration. A total of 7,860 asylum applications were received by the federal government during January and February alone — typically the coldest two months of the year.
We don’t yet know the numbers for March, but given what we saw over the Easter weekend, we can expect that illegal crossings have continued to soar.
By contrast, prior to Trudeau being elected, the four-year average of illegal crossings was 15,960. The number has more than tripled under Trudeau.
These self-selected migrants are displacing our other, more successful refugee resettlement programs.
In 2014, the last full year before Trudeau came into power, Canada welcomed a total of 28,404 refugees through our various resettlement programs. This includes Canada’s innovative and successful private sponsorship program, as well as government-sponsored refugees selected through the United Nations and asylum claims accepted through Canada’s court system.
Our private refugee resettlement program focuses on bringing in needy refugees who have connections to Canada; studies have shown these refugees go on to live more successful and productive lives in Canada.
Our government-sponsored refugee program focuses on bringing in the world’s most persecuted people — coming from refugee camps in desolate and war-torn parts of the world.
But the third category — those who make it to Canada on their own, crossing illegally, and making asylum claims — are starting to outnumber our legal refugee process.
Worse, these asylum claimants often do not meet our legal definition of a refugee, clogging up the system only to be deported.
In response to the chaos at our border and within our immigration system, the Trudeau government’s response has made the problem worse.
Recently obtained government documents revealed the extent to which Trudeau’s virtue signaling on social media created confusion over Canada’s policies, and contributed to the massive influx of illegal migrants.
To deal with this self-made crisis, the Trudeau government pledged an additional $173 million in the federal budget to process illegal crossings. They also quietly made changes to skip important legal steps in the refugee determination process — allowing more leniency and accepting more refugees.
Worse, the spin doctors in the Trudeau government shrug off this crisis and come up with euphemisms to downplay the reality on the ground.
They call it “irregular entry” rather than stating the fact that these migrants are crossing our border illegally, often coordinated by human smuggling rings. They call these illegal migrants “refugees” — even though no refugee status has been granted through Canada’s courts.
The cost of this mismanagement of our immigration system continues to rise. And the social costs of opening our borders to self-selected migrants will have a long-term impact and untold consequences.
Under Trudeau’s negligence, Canadians are losing faith in our once-successful immigration system.