RCMP Caught Nearly Half as Many Illegal Border Crossers This Year as in all of 2016
OTTAWA -- Data released Tuesday shows that the RCMP have arrested nearly half as many illegal border crossers in three Canadian provinces this year as they did in all of 2016.
Figures provided by the federal government show that in the first two months of this year, the RCMP intercepted 1,134 people -- 677 were in Quebec, 161 in Manitoba, 291 in British Columbia and five in Saskatchewan.
Statistics previously provided by the Immigration Department had revealed 2,464 were apprehended in 2016 at three unofficial crossing points in Quebec, Manitoba and B.C.
Of those stopped in 2017, 476 were arrested in January and 658 in February, an increase that prompted renewed attention from the Opposition on Tuesday.
"Canadians are tired of the Liberals inaction and denial. Where is the plan?" said Conservative public safety critic Tony Clement.
"When will the Liberals finally take action and regain control of our borders?"
Public Safety Minister Goodale said the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency have all the resources they need and all laws are being enforced.
Many Canadians are upset with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's tweets that are perceived as an 'open doors' policy to anyone and everyone. The argument is that there is no war in the USA and they are fleeing being illegal aliens and nothing else. Often unskilled, they end up being supported with tax dollars which is unfair to those who immigrate legally and go through the long process of becoming a Canadian.
The Liberal government, who lets their own indigenous suffer in third-world conditions, seems to invite anyone into Canada to live at the taxpayers expense.
Whether the government denies people entry or not, the message is sent that they will be welcomed with open arms regardless of breaking the law.
In the first two months of this year, 5,520 claims for asylum have been filed in Canada, compared to 23,895 for all of last year, according to figures released.
Also difficult will be tracking what happens to those who crossed illegally. The Immigration and Refugee Board, which will decide their claims, doesn't break down decisions on the basis of how an asylum seeker arrived, because it doesn't factor into a determination on their asylum claim.
A spokesman for Goodale says the data released Tuesday will now be updated monthly in a bid to provide clear and consistent figures. The government is so far declining to release historical figures on interceptions prior to 2016.
What's driving the asylum seekers into Canada has been the subject of intense debate.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told MPs Monday that a deeper dive into the backgrounds of those crossing between official ports of entry suggests the political atmosphere in the U.S. isn't to blame.