In recent months, more and more people have been crossing the border illegally into Canada from the U.S. — a group nearly 48 percent of Canadians say they want deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted March 8-9.
The growing number of migrants of Middle Eastern and African origin entering Canada from the U.S. in recent months has become an increasingly contentious issue in Canada, with almost 50 percent of Canadians polled saying they disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his liberal government are dealing with the problem.
Although Trudeau is not up for re-election until 2019, the number of Canadians concerned about illegal immigration could hurt his run.
Of those polled, 46 percent disagreed with Trudeau’s handling of the situation, while 37 percent agreed, and 17 percent did not know.
Head of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute public policy think tank, Brian Lee Crowley said as the weather becomes warmer, more illegals will come into Canada, and “if people become convinced there’s a large, uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants, I think that will be a very serious political issue for the government.”
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In the Canadian poll, support for deporting illegal border crossers was strongest among males, adults without a college degree, older people, and those with higher incomes.
Greg Janzen, elected leader of a Manitoba border municipality that has encountered hundreds of border crossers, said:
“There are so many people in the world who want to come in and go through the right channels. That’s what’s pissing most people off. These guys are jumping the border.”
While one question in the poll dealt specifically with migrants from the U.S., it also showed that 48 percent support, overall, “increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally.”
In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted during the same time frame in the U.S., 50 percent of adults in America also supported “increasing the deportation of illegal immigrants” — showing the concern about illegal immigration becoming equal in the neighboring countries.
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