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Canada Scheer pledges to close asylum 'loophole' at Roxham Road crossing

18:25  09 october  2019
18:25  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Andrew Scheer, leader of Canada's Conservatives campaigns for the upcoming election in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada October 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio© Getty Andrew Scheer, leader of Canada's Conservatives campaigns for the upcoming election in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

ST-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will close the loophole that allows tens of thousands of asylum seekers to claim refugee status.

Scheer is announcing his immigration plan at the Roxham Road crossing in Hemmingford, Que., which is separated from the United States by a few metres of scrub.

The federal government says nearly 50,000 people have entered Canada there in the last two years, most of them intending to claim asylum once they're on Canadian soil.

No easy fix for Roxham Road crossings, says refugee advocate

  No easy fix for Roxham Road crossings, says refugee advocate Two years after asylum seekers began pouring into Quebec at Roxham Road, north of Plattsburgh, N.Y., dozens still step across the border at that unauthorized crossing every day, despite the Liberal government’s attempt to stop them.The Liberals included a new provision in an omnibus bill last April, barring anyone from applying for asylum in Canada if they had already done so in one of the so-called Five Eyes countries which Canada shares intelligence with: Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and the U.K.

Scheer says he will close the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement that prevents asylum seekers from claiming refugee protection in Canada if they arrive at an official border checkpoint from a country that is considered safe, such as the U.S.

But if they can cross on foot through unofficial entry points, they can claim refugee status once they arrive in Canada.

Scheer says his plan to stop flow of so-called irregular border crossers includes hiring 250 additional border officers and make it a priority to fund services as language training, credential recognition and the protection of vulnerable people.

Thomas Walkom: Scheer’s double reverse on immigration policy .
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer ventured into the tricky terrain of immigration policy this week. We shall see how he fares. Polls show that a good chunk of Canadians — particularly Conservative-leaning Canadians — think too many immigrants are coming to Canada. But at the same time, the experience of those politicians who have tried to mine this sentiment shows how difficult it is to do so without being labelled racist. Scheer’s solution toConservative Leader Andrew Scheer ventured into the tricky terrain of immigration policy this week. We shall see how he fares.

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