If you’ve forgotten all about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s now infamous 2017 tweet inviting refugees to Canada to stick it to President Trump, I’m here to remind you!
Canada’s 2019 election is expected to be contentious, to say the least, with immigration at the forefront.
Soooo… Trudeau now wants to speed up deportations, presumably to make it look like he is not an immigration pushover.
From Voice of America:
Canada to Step Up Deportations of Undocumented Migrants
Canada’s border agency said Wednesday that it planned to increase its deportations of undocumented migrants by 10,000 a year.
These are to include not just failed refugees and asylum-seekers but those authorities regard as national security threats.
“While Canada is a humanitarian country that has welcomed many immigrants and asylum-seekers over the years, those coming to our country are expected to abide by our laws and processes,” a border agency spokesperson told the state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
There is a backlog of about 18,000 migrants listed for deportation, with 5,300 so-called actionable cases, meaning there are no legal appeals or other reasons for them to stay.
Opposition conservatives call the number of asylum-seekers entering Canada through unmanned U.S. border crossings a crisis. They say the government does not take the matter seriously and has no plan.
Liberals call the border situation a challenge.
By the way, fearing Trump, many who have gotten in to Canada illegally in the last few years crossed in from the US.
His deportations better send them home to their own countries and not to the US.
See my Canada category for many more posts on the topic.