If you were to ask most Canadians about illegal immigration into this country, they wouldn’t have a clue. And if they did know anything about it, they would likely think it was something that happened last year with people fleeing Donald Trump.
Truth is, the problem of illegal immigration continues, and is actually getting worse, even if most of the country isn’t paying attention.
In the first two months of this year 3,082 people crossed into Canada illegally, almost all of them, 2,944, came through Quebec.
Over the Easter weekend there were nearly 600 people that crossed into Canada at one spot, Roxham Road. The now infamous spot isn’t a legal border crossing. In fact the roads leading up to the border, on both sides, are dead ends.
Yet so many people have crossed over from New York State into Quebec that the RCMP now has permanent infrastructure there. The last federal budget added $173 million to process these claims quicker under the guise of “securing the border.”
The only thing that money will secure will be the jobs of the bureaucrats hired to do the processing.
This is not an issue the Trudeau government is prepared to deal with in any serious way.
We have always had what the government calls “irregular crossings” but not anywhere near the numbers that we saw throughout 2017 and continue to see this year. Consider that in 2013 the total asylum claims processed across Canada stood at 10,375, last year the total number of claims skyrocketed to 50,405.
We imported a small city last year and a good chunk of that, 20,593 cases, were people that simply walked across the border illegally and got into the refugee system.
The government’s response has been to put out messaging in English, Creole and Spanish warning people that claims Canada will welcome all, claims perhaps supported by a certain prime ministerial tweet, don’t actually hold up.
That plan perhaps made sense when the majority of the people crossing were Haitians but that isn’t the case anymore. Maybe because at one point the acceptance rates for Haitian claimants stood as low as 10%.
Now the main group is Nigerian and that could change soon. A website on this issue run by the government of Quebec says the five top birth countries of asylum seekers through January 2, 2018 were Haiti, Nigeria, the United States, India and Saudi Arabia.
I’d love to know what the acceptance rate for American born asylum seekers is.
Last year at this time, the warning was that numbers would only go up as the weather got warmer but now the numbers are up before it is warm.
The total number of illegal border crossers intercepted by the RCMP in January 2017 was 315, it went up to 678 in February. This year those numbers stand at 1,517 and 1,565 respectively.
We hit a peak in August of last year when the Mounties assisted 5,712 people across the border, with numbers up substantially already from last year, how high do you think we will get by summer?
This is a problem that is getting worse by the day and by all accounts the Trudeau government is not prepared to handle it. Last summer as numbers swelled people were house in Olympic Stadium, then a refugee camp, first with tents, then with portables, was set up on Canadian soil.
A refugee camp to house people “fleeing” our peaceful, welcoming and wealthy neighbour to the south.
I shudder to think what Trudeau’s answer will be this year.