The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and its partners are busy processing an increasing number of asylum-seekers crossing illegally into Canada.
However, a Canadian official told Fox News on Saturday that “Canada will not tighten security at its border to deter people crossing illegally from the U.S. because the numbers are not big enough to raise concerns.” This sound really familiar, President Obama used the similar rhetoric stating for years that the “numbers are down.” Meanwhile, America was flooded with illegal aliens each month for years.
Public safety minister Ralph Goodale has also explained to reporters that the issue “has not increased to a point where officials will be required to hamper the flow of goods and people moving across the world’s longest undefended border.”
Since Jan. 1, Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba reported that nearly 200 people walked across the border in freezing temperatures.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency, “More than 1,400 people have made claims at land border ports of entry in the region since November. That’s more than [in] all of 2015.”
Today’s asylum seekers are dealing with harsh winter weather as they avoid border checkpoints, and risk being returned to the U.S. because of a pact called the “Safe Third Country Agreement,” which requires that most migrants apply for refugee protection in the first country of arrival.
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Speaking at a news conference near the North Dakota border, Goodale did express concern regarding the hundreds of people who illegally cross the Canadian border every day.
He blamed President Trump’s recent executive orders, including the temporarily travel ban, which targeted visitors from countries that sponsor terrorism and expanded immigration enforcement across the states.
“But the full border deals with 400,000 people moving in both directions every day. It also handles [more than $1 trillion] in trade every day,” he noted.
“The current accelerated rate started in the first week of February and we’ve been following this very, very closely,” Goodale continued.
Homeland Security secretary John Kelly has plans to visit Canada later this month to discuss border security with Canadian officials.
H/T: Fox News
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