Federal immigration minister criticizes Ont. Tories’ language on asylum seekers
The federal minister of immigration objected Monday to the new Ontario Tory government’s references to people claiming refugee status as “illegal border crossers.”
Last week, a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford used the term in a statement sent to the media, saying the recent influx of asylum seekers has resulted in a housing crisis in Toronto and “threats to services that Ontario families depend on.”
On Monday, an emailed statement sent to The Canadian Press from Ford’s office repeated the “illegal border crossers” terminology.
Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, told a news conference Monday he believes Ford’s vocabulary is inaccurate.
“I’m very concerned by Premier Ford and (provincial) minister (Lisa) MacLeod really making statements that are difficult to understand when it comes to how they’re describing asylum seekers,” Hussen told reporters in Halifax.
“These are people who we have a legal obligation to give a fair hearing to, and so we’re applying Canadian law, we’re applying international law and that requires all levels of government to work together.”
The act of crossing the border at a point other than an official port of entry is illegal. However, according to the federal Customs Act, those seeking asylum in Canada have that right to do so under the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. – National Newswatch
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…The act of crossing the border at a point other than an official port of entry is illegal. However, according to the federal Customs Act, those seeking asylum in Canada have that right to do so under the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention…
True, except for the fact that the “refugees” are crossing the border from the US. Canada and the US have an agreement covering refugees Canada – U.S .Safe Third Country Agreement.
Under the Agreement, refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for an exception to the Agreement.
The Agreement helps both governments better manage access to the refugee system in each country for people crossing the Canada–U.S. land border. The two countries signed the Agreement on December 5, 2002, and it came into effect on December 29, 2004.
Sooo, if the border crossers do not qualify for any of the exceptions that are covered in the agreement, then Canada should send the people back to the US. The people claiming refugee status in Canada should be claiming it in the US, the first safe country they enter. Canada is under no obligation to keep refugees crossing the border from the US.
“Not My Prime Minister” Trudeau and his government should be very careful. Canada is more conservative than they think. There is a definite shift to the right both fiscally and socially around the world. That shift is taking place here as well.
Trying to make Doug Ford look stupid by using a patronizing tone is not going to work. It will only make him more popular and have the “Not My Prime Minster” Trudeau Government come off looking like a bunch of elite snobs. Seriously, that tactic is a big mistake.