‘Illegal entry is illegal entry’: Quebec premier responds to U.S. asylum seekers
The RCMP says it arrests people every day who are crossing the Canadian border illegally from the U.S.
Wednesday, a woman and baby trampled through deep snow, intentionally getting arrested at an uncontrolled Quebec – New York border crossing.
“Illegal entry is illegal entry and will remain illegal entry,” said premier Philippe Couillard.
The RCMP is in contact with the province, but so far Quebec police have not gotten involved.
The premier said he is not worried.
“I don’t expect this to be a longterm phenomenon. It’s associated with the current instability or unpredictability of certain policies south of us,” he said.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency, in January, roughly 450 people made a refugee claim after coming to Canada by land.
The official opposition thinks the country should accept them with open arms.
“We have a process. We should extend a hand. I see no problem with that.”
But not everyone shares Lisée’s view of an open border.
“I think we need to make sure that we have full security and that the people coming here are people that we want to have.”
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plans to discuss border issues with U.S. Homeland Secretary.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t say whether the issue came up when he met with President Donald Trump for the first time on Monday.
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