Following increasing border breaches by migrants from the United States, the government of Canada has warned of legal consequences for those asylum seekers, mostly Nigerians, breaching its border with the US.
The measures now being carried out were said to have become expedient after it was discovered that these migrants were first in the US legally for a brief period before attempting to cross into Canada at the expiration of their US visa.
In the meeting by the ministers for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Transport; and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, it was revealed that Canada is working with the US to restrict illegal entry into the country.
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness minister, Ralph Goodale said: “Coming across the border in a way that seeks to circumvent our procedures is no free ticket to Canada… We will continue to work with the United States to deter the misuse of travel documents that has helped drive the influx.”
Because the high concentrations of these migrants are from Nigeria, three Canadian officials have been stationed to work with US visa officials in Lagos, Nigeria, while the minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen will be in Nigeria this month to discuss with Nigerian officials.
These measures are only for discouraging asylum seekers breaching Canadian border and not for those who follow Canada’s laid down rules and procedures in legally applying for asylum.
Canada is intensifying efforts to expeditiously treat genuine asylum seekers applications, and has set aside $173.2 million in its 2018 budget to speed up processing of asylum seekers claimants arriving the country between 2018 and 2019.