Borders need to be re­spected

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

The fact Trump’s Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary met with Trudeau gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials this past week, in­clud­ing the im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter, shows it is very con­cerned over the flow of asy­lum seek­ers into Canada from the U.S.

Surely Canada’s aim, when it comes to help­ing refugees, should be con­cen­trated on those at the most risk of per­se­cu­tion or phys­i­cal harm, not those al­ready safely en­sconced in Amer­ica. With Trump now clamp­ing down on il­le­gals with crim­i­nal records for de­por­ta­tion, the num­ber of bor­der cross­ings is bound to in­crease. A coun­try that can­not con­trol its bor­der risks im­port­ing those bent on caus­ing harm.

We also have an­other huge prob­lem with ‘asy­lum seek­ers’ de­vel­op­ing, which is fly­ing un­der the me­dia’s radar.

Since Trudeau re­moved visa re­quire­ments for Mex­ico and Hun­gary, im­posed by the Harper gov­ern­ment to pre­vent pro­cess­ing fraud­u­lent claims, that were cost­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions, there has been a huge surge by Mex­i­cans and Roma/Gyp­sies mak­ing refugee claims. It has been es­ti­mated it will cost us $200 mil­lion to process the claims so far.

Trudeau’s pol­i­tick­ing with our im­mi­gra­tion and refugee poli­cies end up not help­ing those at the most risk. His say­ing all asy­lum seek­ers would be wel­comed pre­cip­i­tated the cur­rent flow across our un­con­trolled borders. Larry Comeau Ot­tawa

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