Task force to review next steps for asylum seekers
The federal-provincial task force charged with managing an unprecedented flow of asylum seekers over the Canada-U.S. border will meet Wednesday in Montreal to review the next steps in handling the surge.
Though the numbers of those crossing into Quebec seems to have moderated in recent days, officials are still ramping up the government’s ability to process their claims for refugee status.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says additional members of his department are being deployed in Montreal to allow initial claims for asylum to be assessed faster.
He says the goal is eventually to ensure his department can process those claims at the temporary shelters and camps set up to handle the 6,000 people who have crossed since July.
WATCH BELOW: Asylum seekers in Quebec
The vast majority are Haitians fleeing a change in U.S. immigration policy that could see them deported, but they’re one of several groups now facing that reality.
Hussen says he’s aware others could also be eyeing Canada as a safe haven, but the government would be able to respond quickly should another wave of asylum seekers materialize.
© 2017 The Canadian Press