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Scheer calls on Trudeau to put a stop to ‘queue jumping’ at Canada-U.S. border

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OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to table a plan to immediately stop “queue jumping” by the ongoing influx of illegal border crossers.

Last week, Scheer and his Public Safety critic, Pierre Paul-Hus, visited Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., where the vast majority of irregular migrants have arrived this year after crossing the Canada-U.S. border through the now well-worn path at Roxham Road.

Scheer says he went to the site to witness first-hand the “epicentre of the crisis at our borders.”

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In his letter, Scheer says he also met this week with other immigrants and refugees who say friends and family who’ve applied to enter Canada through the regular channels are now waiting longer for their files to be processed “due to those jumping the line illegally.”

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He calls on Trudeau to table a plan to immediately stop what he calls “the queue-jumping and public safety crisis at our borders.”

“Canadians are concerned, both about the safety issues this crisis has caused and with the unreasonable delays for those seeking to move to Canada who have followed the rules and now must wait longer,” he wrote to Trudeau on Friday.