And if you didn’t hear it on the news, one person crossing over the border lost his fingers due to frostbite. Bad news for him and bad news for Canada. Tax payers will be paying for his medical bills, and very likely his lifetime of disability support payments.
The steady flow of illegal migrants continues across Canada’s southern border.
And the Trudeau government has no plan, no strategy, for dealing with the unprecedented surge in illegal migration.
Rather than addressing the problem — the serious threat of unscreened migrants risking their lives to arrive on our doorstep — Liberal politicians have been sending the wrong message.
Montreal city council, led by former Liberal immigration minister Denis Coderre, declared Montreal a “sanctuary city” — meaning a person’s immigration status will not be verified before receiving taxpayer-funded services from the city.
This signals to all would-be migrants that our immigration laws are not important, that they are optional.
Meanwhile, Liberal politicians have been promoting images of RCMP officials greeting illegal migrants at the border — giving them hugs and carrying their luggage.
And our own Prime Minister declared on Twitter the day U.S. President Donald Trump issued his now invalidated executive order on immigration, “Canadians will welcome you.”
No wonder so many migrants are coming north.
Photos of smiling Mounties may make for a heart-warming news story, but they also create what economists call a moral hazard, one that provides incentives for people to make bad decisions based on misleading information.
Crossing into Canada illegally is a bad idea. It is unsafe for the migrants, and creates national security concerns for Canada.
Most illegal migrants are detained while Canadian border officials verify their identity and vet them for security red flags. We have valid reasons to be concerned.
In 2010, the Obama administration busted a significant human trafficking operation involving 268 Somali nationals, who travelled through Latin America and crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.
Somali national Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane, affiliated with the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, in part for smuggling suspected militants into the U.S. across its southern border.
Trump is cracking down on travelers from terrorist states, and Canada shouldn’t let its guard down.
Once a migrant passes our security screening tests, he or she must then convince an immigration judge they are a bona fide refugee in need of Canada’s protection.
But Canadian law specifically states we do not accept refugees entering from the United States.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Chretien Liberal government negotiated the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S.
Then immigration minister Coderre implemented the agreement, requiring asylum seekers to make their claim in whichever country they arrive in first.
A person is only a refugee, according to international legal definitions, if they are unsafe and fleeing persecution.
Once asylum seekers arrive in North America, they are no longer unsafe. This remains the case, regardless of what anyone thinks of Trump’s immigration shakeup.
The Trudeau government should make clear Canadian immigration laws matter.
Instead, the combination of anxiety-inducing media reports distorting America’s immigration rules, and virtue-signaling Liberal politicians distorting our immigration rules, has led to a dilemma at our borders.
We don’t want migrants risking their lives trekking through snow during a bitter Canadian winter.
And we don’t want human smuggling rings, often extorting victims of their life savings, to facilitate illegal migration into Canada.
But the more we celebrate those arriving illegally in Canada, the more illegal arrivals we will see — including possible terrorists.
The more we pretend our immigration laws don’t exist, the more likely someone will die trying to cross our border.
These are the facts. And facts don’t care what Liberal politicians tweet.