Large numbers of asylum seekers are flooding into Canada every day “across unmanned borders.”
“Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the Customs and Immigration Union, said he believes there are more illegal crossings taking place than officials are aware of,” and that “more than 1,000 jobs would need to be reinstated that were previously cut” in order to cope with the burgeoning situation:
Migrants have been crossing through fields and ditches because, under the Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement, they are turned back at official border crossings if they have already made refugee claims in the U.S.
Canada, however, adheres to the UN Convention on Refugees, obligating them to hear out asylum claims for people who are already within the territories of the country, which could be prompting the increased illegal entries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has said that Canada welcomes refugees, is now coming under increasing pressure to act against the illegal crossings into Canada from the United States. “Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel has called on the government to ensure migrants who sneak across the border are charged with crossing illegally.”