Immigration needs fixing
Canada’s immigration system has been far from perfect for years, but the recent crisis of refugee claimants walking across the American border into our country highlights the shortcomings.
The federal government says more than 7,000 people have walked across the U.S.-Canada border into Quebec since July to claim refugee status.
The fact the border is so porous means we don’t know the actual number of arrivals crossing into the country, or if some individuals present a security risk.
Government documents indicate there is an 11-year backlog of 45,000 to 60,000 people in the refugee program, according to Michelle Rempel, the Conservatives’ immigration critic.
Eleven years is an unacceptably long time — for legitimate refugee seekers hoping for peace of mind regarding their future, as well as for those whose claims are spurious or fall short of being legitimate.
Canadian officials need to establish the validity of refugee claimants’ applications in a timely manner, especially those of people walking across the border in an attempt to jump ahead of folks who are going through the proper channels.