Official figures from the Canada Border Services Agency show that only 866 out of 45,000 border crossers have been successfully deported from Canada after failing to meet asylum requirements.
“Everyone ordered removed from Canada is entitled to due process before the law and all removal orders are subject to various levels of appeal,” said Border Security spokesperson, Emmanuelle Cadieux.
In accordance with Canadian law, applicants who fail to meet asylum requirements can exhaust all potential legal options of appeal before they can be ordered for deportation.
From January to March 2019, nearly 3,000 people crossed into Canada illegally. Most crossings take place along Quebec’s border with the United States, but are also regularly taking place in British Columbia as reported on by True North.
Faced with the reality of an overwhelming backlog of applications the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has recently announced that it no longer can eliminate the backlog but only manage its growth.
Currently, the backlog is expected to grow to 100,000 individuals in the next two years alone.
With a backlog of that size, applicants could potentially wait up to five years before ever getting a decision on their asylum claims.
A majority of asylum claimants originate from countries like Nigeria, Haiti, Colombia, Turkey and others. Applications by Mexican Citizens are also on the rise at an alarming rate. In 2018, Canada had a 1,000 per cent increase in asylum claims from the country.
Out of those, some are expected to be highly dangerous criminals and cartel members who have slipped through Canada’s border with fake passports and have fallen off the radar of police.
According to Canadian authorities, 400 Mexican cartel hit men and drug traffickers have entered the country illegally and are being searched for by police.