A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer informs a migrant couple of the location of a legal border station, shortly before they illegally crossed from Champlain, N.Y., to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., using Roxham Rd. on Aug. 7, 2017.
Did you know that the number of people crossing the border illegally at Roxham Road was up by 24% last month?
The infamous illegal border crossing that links rural New York State with rural Quebec has seen the number of people crossing there fluctuate over the past two and a half years, ever since Justin Trudeau’s infamous #WelcometoCanada tweet.
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If you heard about the numbers at all it would likely be a Canadian Press story that didn’t get much pick up.
It said the number of people crossing was down.
The sole story on the issue last week noted that just 3,944 people had crossed at the “irregular crossing” in the first four months of 2019.
“That’s a 48-per-cent decline compared to the more than 7,600 irregular border crossers intercepted between January and April 2018,” CP stated.
That’s true, but the number is also almost double the number of people that crossed illegally in the first four months of 2017 and a 24% increase in April compared to March’s numbers.
- FUREY: Someone has to say it – it’s time to build a wall at Roxham Rd.
- FUREY: Illegal border processing costs alone to exceed $1 billion, PBO report
- Ottawa to pay more than $400,000 in compensation to Roxham Road residents
- LILLEY: Internal report shows illegal border crossers not fully screened for security
In fact, in each of the first four months of this year there have been significantly more people crossing illegally than we saw in 2017, the year with the highest number of illegal crossers.
But leave it to Canada’s mainstream media, they find ways to downplay these numbers at every turn.
They have been doing it since the problem first began in 2017, spurred on by Trudeau’s tweet.
They do it now as we deal with human smugglers and “immigration consultants” that sell packages to get you to Canada.
Think about this — we had 40 people a day crossing illegally into Canada at one illegal border crossing.
These aren’t people fleeing war and persecution, they are people looking for a better life.
I get that. My family moved to Canada for better economic opportunities in the 1960s, my parents wanted the chance to make it on their own without having to deal with religious bigotry.
But the people crossing at Roxham Rd. are coming into Canada from the United States of America.
This isn’t a third world country dealing with war and persecution, we are talking about a country that is still one of the freest in the world.
Supporters of the virtually-open border policy that Justin Trudeau has adopted since Jan. 2017 will claim that the people coming across at Roxham Rd. are fleeing the policies of Donald Trump.
It’s not true.
Read the reports, look at the data.
Most are coming into Canada through the United States, but they haven’t been living there.
They come from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or other countries, they land at JFK airport and immediately head to the border to make an asylum claim in Canada.
Due to a loophole in the Safe Third Country agreement with the US that says the deal doesn’t apply at unofficial border crossings, we can’t turn these people back.
The Trudeau Liberals are pretending that they are acting to solve this issue by saying they will turn back those that have made asylum claims in the United States but that won’t solve anything.
The vast majority of people coming in at Roxham Rd. never make, nor intend to make a claim in the States.
They are simply travelling through the US to take advantage of the loophole that says we must accept them if they cross illegally.
Trudeau spoke about the benefits of immigration at a tech conference earlier this week.
The benefits are many, including economic.
But to keep the public onside with high immigration levels, they have to believe the system is working and is fair.
What has been happening for the last few years is anything but fair and needs to stop, but we can’t count on Trudeau to fix the mess he created.