April 24, 2018 11:59 am
Updated: April 24, 2018 8:53 pm

Opposition motion calls for action to stop flow of illegal border crossings into Canada

WATCH: The opposition Conservative Party is calling on the federal government to develop a plan to stop the influx of asylum seekers entering Canada illegally. Tim Sargeant reports on the hot political issues.

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An Opposition motion being debated in the House of Commons Tuesday calls on the government to act to stop the influx of illegal border crossers entering Canada from the U.S.

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Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel and public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus say they believe the government is simply throwing money at the problem of irregular migration that has been ramping up again this year, notably in Quebec.

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Concerns were raised last week by the Quebec government over the mounting pressures caused by the tens of thousands of asylum seekers pouring into the province over the last year.

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Some officials are projecting a further 400 people a day could cross into Quebec through forest paths this summer to claim asylum in Canada — a situation Rempel says will only exacerbate ongoing backlogs in the processing of refugee claims.

READ MORE: Tension grows between Quebec and federal government over asylum seekers

The government has said it is working to ease pressures caused by the surge in asylum claims, including dedicating $74 million this year to help reduce backlogs at the Immigration and Refugee Board.

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But Rempel says she is concerned the public’s support for immigration and newcomers could turn if nothing is done to stop illegal border crossings.

WATCH BELOW: Border officials brace for another spike in asylum seekers crossing into Canada

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