There has been a 700 percent increase in bogus asylum claims from Mexicans in Canada during January 2017—even though there is absolutely no justification for Mexicans to claim asylum anywhere.
According to an article in the Toronto Sun, February 2017 saw an even bigger increase—of 2,500 percent, compared to February of the previous year.
The data, supplied in a new report by the True North Initiative, is based on an analysis of figures from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lifted the visa requirement for Mexican travelers in December 2016, against the wishes of some immigration and border security experts, and in turn, hundreds of Mexicans are now taking advantage of Canada’s generous asylum program, the newspaper reported.
During the first two months of 2017 Canada has received 156 asylum claims from Mexican nationals, compared to the 15 claims made in the first two months of 2016, an increase of over 1000 percent.
As with those arriving at the border on foot, any foreign national in Canada can ask for asylum and apply to be a refugee. The person must demonstrate to a Canadian judge that they meet the legal definition of a refugee, namely that they face a well-founded fear of persecution and that their home country has failed to provide safety and protection.
In the meantime, these applicants are given full access to Canada’s generous social safety net, including the “Interim Federal Health Program”—which offers services above and beyond what Canadian taxpayers receive.
The Toronto Sun admitted that Mexican “asylum seekers typically fail to meet Canada’s standard of a refugee.”
Prior to the 2009 decision to impose a visa on Mexican travelers, Canada received nearly 10,000 Mexican asylum seekers in 2008. Only about 10 percent of those applications were eventually accepted and given “refugee status” in Canada.
It remains a mystery how even that number of Mexicans managed to justify an “asylum” claim in Canada.
The remaining 90 percent of cases were either abandoned by the claimant or rejected by a Canadian immigration judge, the Toronto Sun continued.
“These bogus claimants cost Canadian taxpayers hundreds of millions annually, through social welfare programs, legal aid, court costs, and deportation services,” the article continued.
Trudeau’s decision to lift the visa requirement allows any Mexican to arrive in Canada without prior background screening or a guarantee the person plans to leave.
The increase in refugee applications from Mexico was expected, but a 2,500 percent surge in claimants is “unprecedented,” the paper said, adding that there was “reason to believe this is just the beginning.”
A recent Reuters report included interviews with Mexican nationals deported from the United States, who now have their sights set on Canada.
“I want to go to Canada,” said one man who was deported from the U.S. for drug possession and working illegally without immigration status.
“For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it’s Canada’s turn,” said the criminal.