Customs admits that hundreds have sped through
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, in Stanstead last Wednesday announced at a last minute press conference the designation of five groups of foreign nationals as “irregular arrivals” under the new provisions introduced in the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. This designation will allow tougher measures to be applied to those who participated in the smuggling operation.
Human smuggling is a dangerous and despicable crime - it puts lives at risk and threatens the integrity of Canada’s immi- gration system as well as the security and safety of Canadians, according to the Canadian government. “That’s why we’ve taken action to make Canada a less attractive destination for these criminal ventures. This designation sends a clear message to criminal organizations contemplating human smuggling ventures that Canada will take strong, targeted action to prevent abuse of our generous immigration and asylum systems.”
“Canada has one of the most generous immigration systems in the world. Our doors are open to immigrants to Canada who follow the rules and wait in line, but we have no tolerance for those who abuse our generosity or cheat the system to jump the queue,” said Minister Kenney. He amplified outside of his written remarks that, in Canada, immigrants and refugee seekers have immediate access to welfare and health care, the only country on the face of the planet to do so. “This may explain why the biggest growing group of claimants is from Europe, even though they have twentyseven other countries to be admitted to close by.”
But a new problem is the use of organized, criminal smuggling rings that can arrange for Romanians, the bulk of the illegal crossers in the last few months, to come from Europe to Mexico, allegedly cross over to the USA illegally and then wait to be ‘arrested’ in Canada to claim refugee status. It should be noted that if the Canadian pretentions are right, that hundreds of Romanians were able to cross over illegally, then this is the most organized gang in the USA, Border patrols reporting no arrests of Romanians before the end of November of this year at the Mexican border.
The night before the press conference, police in Ontario arrested forty persons and were looking for about the same number of illegal Romanians in the Toronto region.
“Today, we are sending a strong message to those who are thinking of using the services of criminal human smugglers to sneak their way into Canada: Don’t do it.”
Since January 1st, 282 illegal entries have been reported in Stanstead, 157 Romanian nationals being involved. It should be noted that these numbers are for individuals who were apprehended or declared themselves to authorities.
The Minister refused to admit that most, if not all, of the Romanians were in fact Romas, declaring straight-faced that the government doesn’t keep track of ‘nationalities’
Minister Jason Kenney with Border officials.