I’ve been writing about the border crisis for some time now, recent columns on the issue include pointing out the massive budget increase for processing the asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally, Trudeau deciding to deal with the influx by moving many people from Quebec to Ontario and also Trudeau deciding that he can simply blame Conservatives for his crisis.
My friend Candice Malcolm has also been documenting this crisis and issue for the Toronto Sun.
This week, while attending a conference in Montreal, Malcolm took a side trip to the site of all these troubles, Roxham Road itself.
Roxham Road is such a typical site along the Canada-US border. It is a road that used to cross over without a border guard, a practice long since ended.
But over the last 18 months it has become the focal point of illegal immigration into Canada. I keep hearing from supporters of the illegal border crossers that they are not illegal, they are asylum seekers. Let me correct that false idea.
In order to get into the asylum system after crossing the border at an “irregular” crossing, the person must be arrested. Why are they arrested? For crossing the border illegally.
If they don’t do that, they can’t make a claim.
Anyway, Malcolm joined me on my radio show on Friday night to describe what she saw, it is worth the listen.
Just after she got off the phone with me she also did a live video on Periscope where she showed some of the photos she was talking about, like the one above that shows a permanent building under construction.
LIVE: Watching illegal immigration into Canada with my own eyes. My observations from Quebec & NY https://t.co/BLh9gzNLAr
— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) April 28, 2018
Last year it was more than 20,000 illegal crossings, this year we are on track for triple that amount, 60,000 unless something changes.
I’ve been saying for a while that Trudeau and his government need to deal with this issue and soon but I’ve become convinced that they don’t want a solution that stops the border crisis, they want to use it as a wedge issue in the next election.