En­force bor­der reg­u­la­tions

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

With warmer weather com­ing and the num­ber of il­le­gal ‘bor­der jumpers likely to es­ca­late,’ I hope the Trudeau gov­ern­ment will fol­low Kevin O’Leary’s ex­cel­lent ad­vice and im­me­di­ately en­force the ‘Third Safe Coun­try Agree­ment,’ signed be­tween the U.S. and Canada after 9/11 to en­sure pro­tec­tion of na­tional se­cu­rity by pre­vent­ing ‘refugee shop­ping’ that we are now wit­ness­ing.

Many of the re­cent bor­der breach­ers have doc­u­ments show­ing they were legally in the U.S., mean­ing they would have been turned back at con­trolled bor­der points. This is the rea­son they sought out un­con­trolled bor­ders in Que­bec and Man­i­toba.

Al­low­ing this to con­tinue throws our en­tire im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem into dis­re­pute, un­der­mines na­tional se­cu­rity and is un­fair to other le­git­i­mate refugees.

It seems Trudeau is much more in­ter­ested in show­ing he is ‘kinder and more com­pas­sion­ate’ than the for­mer Harper gov­ern­ment, than do­ing his top pri­or­ity of keep­ing Cana­di­ans safe. This ap­proach re­sulted in his giv­ing $100 mil­lion to the dys­func­tional United Na­tions to help re­set­tle Syr­ian refugees, although Cana­di­ans are sell­ing out $1 bil­lion to re­set­tle 40,000 of them.

An­other very trou­bling thing on the refugee front is the cur­rent es­ca­la­tion in Mex­i­cans claim­ing refugee sta­tus since Trudeau re­moved visa re­quire­ments from that coun­try. Visas had been im­ple­mented by the Harper gov­ern­ment to curb pro­cess­ing costly refugee claims, the vast ma­jor­ity prov­ing fraud­u­lent. It is es­ti­mated that re­mov­ing visas will cost tax­pay­ers more than $200 mil­lion pro­cess­ing these new claims.

With Trump now round­ing up il­le­gal Mex­i­cans with crim­i­nal records for de­por­ta­tion, it does not take a rocket sci­en­tist to fig­ure out the vol­ume of Mex­i­can refugee claims will sky­rocket and, with that, the cost to process them. Larry Comeau Ottawa

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