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CanadaReduced illegal border crossings among Bill Blair's success stories

13:57  12 july  2019
13:57  12 july  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Blair estimates the number of people illegally crossing the Canadian border has been reduced by nearly 50 per cent since last summer. Blair said he thinks Canadians are overwhelmingly in favour of making “a legal choice,” referencing a Statistics Canada report that states nearly 47 per cent of adult

“ Canada Border Services Agency is lumping together travellers suspected of fraud with those who are off-loaded based on its Since then, the annual number of rejected travellers continued to decline, reaching 2,286 in 2015 when Ottawa introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization program to.

Reduced illegal border crossings among Bill Blair's success stories© Allen McInnis When cannabis was legalized in October,

A near-50 per cent reduction in illegal border crossings and dismantling the multibillion-dollar black market for cannabis in Canada are two things Bill Blair, federal minister of border security and organized crime reduction, is proud of this year.

The Montreal Gazette sat down with the Scarborough Southwest MP and former Toronto police chief Thursday during his trip to Montreal to attend a CBSA College graduation ceremony in Rigaud.

The border

Blair estimates the number of people illegally crossing the Canadian border has been reduced by nearly 50 per cent since last summer. He attributes the decrease to the implementation of three significant changes.

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The IRCC statement added that Bill Blair , the minister of border security and organized crime reduction , has met with Homeland Security officials This undated surveillance photo provided by U. S . Customs and Border Protection shows people illegally crossing the United States border from

This is a list of border crossings along the International Boundary between Canada and the United States. Two Canada Border Services Agency officers are among five people arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for breach of trust and drug importation offences.

The first change is an increased investment in services to process refugee claims, raising the number of annual files processed from 24,000 last summer to an expected 50,000 by the end of this year.

There are also regulatory changes in the law, prohibiting people from making a claim in Canada if they’ve already made one in the United States, and vice versa.

Lastly, he cites the success of informing communities from which Canada receives many refugee claimants on how the process works. He said there was a misconception among certain communities that Canada presented a free pass to permanent residency.

“It’s at about 40 (people crossing the border) a day, and for a country of Canada’s size, with a 9,000-km border, that’s 40 for the whole country,” Blair said. “It’s still not ideal, and we’re still working hard to manage it, but it’s a significant improvement and it has brought the current movement of people into Canada within manageable levels.”

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Nearly 1 million illegal crossings in 2016. So there you have it. For the first time ever, a true picture of the total number of illegal immigrants coming across the border – more than 800,000 in one year. And even that doesn't include the number of immigrants who overstay their visas after legally entering the

Most of the illegal crossings have taken place at an unofficial crossing point in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. Mr. Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will no longer sit on the committee, as new Border Security Minister Bill Blair takes over the asylum-seeker file.

Blair said that during the surge in illegal border crossings in 2017, most occurred at the Roxham Road entry point in Lacolle, Que.

He attributes border debates among Canadians to a question of fairness, rather than one of fear.”I am very comfortable, confident, that the safety and security of Canadians has always been maintained at our border by our officials, but there is an issue of fairness. … I think, quite understandably, Canadians want the system to be fair,” he said. “They’re not afraid of these people. They just want it to be fair. And I think we’re working really hard to make sure that the system is fair and well managed.”

Blair said the process of bringing refugees into Canada is a balance between fairness and compassion. “We have a compassionate system that if someone is fleeing war and persecution, we’re not going to put them more at risk.”

Cannabis

“Marijuana production and trafficking is the easiest money organized crime ever made in this country,” Blair said, estimating the industry was making approximately $8 billion per year prior to legalization.

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Stories . Shows. This Day In History . Schedule. Topics. Stories . But that all changed in 1929 when the U. S . passed a bill to restrict a group of immigrants it hadn’t really focused on “Before about the 1920 s , most people don’t really see the border as a particularly problematic area,” says Julia Young

The apprehension of Mexican nationals crossing the border illegally has declined 84% in the same period. The largest decrease of Mexican national There has been a 12% increase in illegal border crossings among teenagers in 2013 and the first half of 2014 and compared with the same time

Blair said he thinks Canadians are overwhelmingly in favour of making “a legal choice,” referencing a Statistics Canada report that states nearly 47 per cent of adult Canadian cannabis users purchased the product legally in the first three months of 2019.

“That’s several billion dollars that organized crime doesn’t make this year,” he said. “I think most Canadians would choose to do something in a legal way, as long as it’s competitive in price, quality and choice.”

Blair said he expects the system to improve as time progresses.

“One of the most important things for me, last Oct. 17 we stopped criminalizing another generation of young Canadians,” he said. “Those criminal records were affecting the quality of people’s lives, their future and their potential, and it was disproportionately impacting poorer communities, racial communities and Indigenous communities. So, we fixed that. And I’m proud of that.”

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