According to a new report by the True North Initiative, it was revealed that Canada is dealing with a surge in asylum claims from Mexico. This was caused by the Trudeau government’s reckless decision to lift the visa requirement for Mexican travelers in December 2016.
In January 2017, Canada experienced a 700% rise in asylum claims from Mexico compared to the number of claims made in January 2016
February saw an increase of 2,500%, compared to February of the previous year.
The Canada Border Services Agency also announced they have detained more Mexican migrants in the first two months of 2017 than it did in all of 2016.
As Candice Malcolm points out, Mexican asylum seekers typically fail to meet Canada’s standard of a refugee. Prior to the previous Conservative government’s decision to impose a visa on Mexican travelers in 2009, Canada received nearly 10,000 Mexican asylum seekers in 2008 alone. Only 10% of those asylum applications were given refugee status in Canada.
By lifting the visa requirement, Mexicans can come to Canada without prior background screening or a guarantee the person plans to leave.
Unfortunately, this recent surge in asylum claims from Mexico is just the beginning.