22 March 2017

Even Canadians Want Illegals Deported

It's not only in the United States that legal residents want to deport back illegal aliens to wherever part of the world they came from. Even, their neighbors in Canada wants nothing to do with them.

Almost half of Canadians believe that migrants who are illegally crossing into Canada from the USA should be deported, according to a Reuters Ipsos opinion poll.

About 48 percent of the 1,001 people polled said they supported "increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally", while 41 percent think that illegal migrants will make Canada "less safe."

Only 36 percent believe that Canada should accept migrants coming from the US and allow them to apply for refugee status.

Canadians are just as concerned about illegal immigration as their neighbors, the poll reveals. There were 50 percent of US adults who support deporting illegal immigrants, according to a Reuters Ipsos poll conducted at the same time (8-9 March).

Canada has seen a major influx of asylum-seekers entering the country in the past few months, since President Trump introduced a travel ban on refugees and migrants from seven majority-Muslim countries.

In the first two months of 2017 around 1,700 refugee claims were filed at the Canadian-US border, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. More than 7,000 refugees entered the country by land in 2016, an increase of 63% compared with the previous year.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increasing pressure to address the steady flow of illegal migrants entering the country. The Conservative opposition have called on him to enforce stricter border controls and to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement which prohibits most migrants in the US from making a refugee claim at an official border post and forces them to enter the country via dangerous routes.

About 46 percent of those polled by Reuters said they disagreed with the way the Trudeau government has handled the influx of migrants entering Canada from the US. There are 37 percent who said they agreed with government's current immigration policy.

Despite growing political pressure and public dissatisfaction, Trudeau has refused to stem irregular migration across the border. "One of the reasons why Canada remains an open country is Canadians trust our immigration system and the integrity of our borders and the help we provide people who are looking for safety," he told Parliament last month.

"We will continue to strike a balance between a rigorous system and accepting people who need help," he said as he announced a plan to resettle 1,200 Yazidi women.

he Canadian government has set an immigration target of 300,000 for 2017, comprising 1% of the population. The 2017 target for resettling refugees is 25,000, significantly lower than in 2016 when the country welcomed 44,800 refugees.