Despite the illegal immigration problem in Canada appears to have reached a crisis, the country’s public safety minister continues to ignore the reality and stands by the Liberal government’s immigration policy as one of “when they’re here, they’re here.”
In an interview on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday, Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he not yet ready to call the situation on illegal refugees a crisis. He also hit back on the Conservative opposition for their proposals to have illegal immigrants arrested.
The Daily Caller reports:
“I guess what the Conservatives are saying is maybe we should line up the RCMP at the border, they should all link arms and shoo people away, or maybe [use] fire hoses or whatever, to keep people from crossing at the border,” Goodale said.
“The fact of the matter is if someone comes across the border, and finds themselves in Canada, and claims asylum…when they’re here, they’re here. And according to Canadian law, and according to international law, we have to deal with those people in a certain way,” he said.
The public safety minister prefers the catch-and-release approach, where illegals are sometimes detained then questioned by Canadian Border Service guards. Most of them will then be released as refugees.
The president of the union that represents the border guards do not share Goodale’s view, saying that the situation at the border has reached a “crisis” as more and more illegal refugees are taking buses and taxis to cross the New York-Quebec border.