The mass rush of illegal invaders—mostly from Haiti but also from African nations—pouring across the border into Canada from the US has now reached over 7,000 since July 1 alone, causing even far-leftist Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell them that they do not automatically quality as “refugees.”
According to a CBC report, Trudeau said that “crossing illegally into the country doesn’t offer an advantage when it comes to obtaining refugee status in Canada.
“If I could directly speak to people seeking asylum, I’d like to remind them there’s no advantage,” Trudeau said at a news conference Sunday in Montreal.
In the first two weeks of August, more than 3,800 people walked over the border into the province, compared to the 2,996 who crossed throughout all of July.
Speaking prior to Montreal’s annual homosexual parade, Trudeau stressed that anyone seeking refugee status will have to go through Canada’s “rigorous” screening process.
Meanwhile, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) said the rush of African invaders was “unprecedented” and that more than 3,800 crossed the border illegally into Quebec during the two weeks spanning August 1 to August 15.
The figures were released after RCMP held a technical briefing with the Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
“Our officers are patrolling 24 hours day, all year long and we have never seen such numbers coming in,” said RCMP spokesperson Claude Castonguay.
According to Immigration, the RCMP also intercepted 2,996 invaders seekers crossing illegally into Quebec in July. Since June 1, the RCMP said, more than 7,000 people have illegally entered Canada.
CBSA spokesperson Patrick Lefort said the RCMP is transferring around 200 to 300 “asylum” claimants per day to the official border crossing at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, though that number can fluctuate daily.
He said in recent days there have been around 1,000 to 1,200 asylum seekers at the Lacolle crossing waiting for their claims to be processed.
Immigration spokesperson Louis Dumas addressed the false information circulating among Haitians on social media in the United States, namely a WhatsApp message that says Canada is inviting people to make asylum claims.
“It is not a message from the government of Canada; strict processes are in place for all people claiming asylum, regardless of how they enter into Canada,” he said.
He said there is no guarantee that one requesting asylum can stay in Canada, noting that 50 per cent of Haitians who requested asylum in 2016 had their claims rejected.
A majority of asylum seekers coming into Quebec since July are Haitians from the United States.
With the U.S. Department of Homeland Security saying it considers Haiti to be a safe country now, the temporary protection status for Haitians in the U.S. granted after the 2010 earthquake is set to expire in January.
As of Wednesday, she said 3,307 asylum seekers were in temporary residences across Quebec.