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Border union raises the alarm on lack of resources to deal with bogus refugee claims

Official figures show that during the first six months of 2019, 26,860 people crossed into the country illegally.

According to the union representing Canada Border Services Agency employees, the department doesn’t have enough resources to keep track of all of the bogus refugee claimants who have been ordered for deportation. 

The number of migrants crossing illegally into Canada has steadily increased since 2018.

Official figures show that during the first six months of 2019, 26,860 people crossed into the country illegally. 

According to the president of the Customs and Immigration Union, Jean-Pierre Fortin, the CBSA would need to double its number of agents to properly handle keeping track of those who have been denied asylum. 

“The people who do check them within CBSA, it’s a very small group [called] inland enforcement officers,” said Fortin. 

Recent reports have revealed that a number of illegal immigrants from Mexico with serious criminal backgrounds have made it into Canada with phony passports and have since fallen off the radar.

It is believed that approximately 400 Mexican cartel members have gained access to the country since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lifted visa requirements for Mexico.

Canadian officials are struggling to keep track of the large number of violent criminals, some of which are believed to be hitmen and drug traffickers. 

CBSA border officials admit that since the Liberal government announced the visa changes, the border with the United States has seen an 80% increase in drug seizures, along with a 500% increase in inadmissibility.   

Further, as reported by True North, in British Columbia the CBSA has revealed that they are receiving people with “unknown nationalities” after being processed by the RCMP. 

“For various reasons, there are times when the CBSA cannot immediately determine a person’s country of origin upon their arrival in Canada,” said CBSA Western Canada Communications Officer, Luke Reimer.

A Freedom of Information request with the RCMP revealed that over half of the migrants crossing illegally into B.C. from Washington were of an “unknown nationality”.  

“We certainly don’t have the resources to track them down and to deport them,” said Fortin about the general situation. 

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