As the Trudeau government flails around unable to fix the border crisis triggered by a reckless tweet, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer has put forward some actual ideas to get the crisis under control.
Here’s what Scheer proposed:
- Declare the two main illegal entry points (Lacolle, Quebec & Emerson, Manitoba) as official entry points. This would mean that illegal border crossers could not make asylum claims at those crossings. Currently, illegal border crossers are using a loophole in the safe third country agreement that lets them make asylum claims if they cross illegally, but not if they cross at an official entry point.
- Apply the safe third country agreement across the entire border – which would effectively close the loophole entirely and make it legally impossible for individuals coming from the U.S. to file asylum claims in Canada.
- Formally declare illegal border crossers as “irregular” arrivals. It’s important to note that this differs from Trudeau’s use of the term “irregular” to avoid saying “illegal” border crossers. As Scheer is using it, it refers to a formal designation that would involve many illegal crossers being detained, and impose restrictions on their immigration status.
As Scheer points out, even implementing any of the three actions would help:
Said Scheer, “One, it would have a practical consequence on dealing with the problem as it happens. It would also send that much-needed signal to all those in the United States who think that they can just come over and be in a better situation.”
Scheer’s ideas are simply common sense, and they would make a big difference in getting the problem under control.
And yet, the Trudeau government is acting like they don’t actually want the illegal crossings to end.
In fact, the Canadian Press points out that the Conservatives passed a law in 2012 that gives the government the authority to detain those who crossed illegally and restrict their immigration status in our country. However, the Trudeau government has simply refused to implement that legislation – which is still on the books.
Compassion and common-sense
As he discussed fixes for the border crisis, Scheer showed a good mix of compassion and common-sense. As he told the CP, “We see images of human beings, men and women sometimes with children now here and nobody wants to see anybody go through any more hardship than they already have. But they are leaving stable situations in the United States, they are not leaving areas where they are facing persecution.”
In that paragraph, Scheer made more sense than Trudeau has during the entire ongoing crisis. That’s why Trudeau would be wise to set partisanship aside and follow Scheer’s suggestions for resolving the crisis. But considering Trudeau’s arrogance and agenda of dividing Canadians, the chances of that happening are slim.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
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