Can you trust the government?
Posted On July 3, 2021
Canada is facing a growing number of reports of people coming to Canada illegally as a result of a lack of access to work.
As the country’s economy continues to slow, and with many people still unable to secure a permanent residence, there is concern about whether the country is ready to welcome a new generation of immigrants.
Canada’s immigration policy is set to change once the election is called.
But the question of how the country will deal with the next wave of immigrants is not being discussed.
In a new report, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Director of Operations John Litt says the agency is focusing on securing the border while still respecting the rights of people to seek asylum and to continue to reside in Canada.
The CBSA is in the midst of a major overhaul of its asylum system.
The overhaul includes the creation of a new Directorate of Asylum, a new office dedicated to ensuring the integrity of the immigration system, and a new Immigration Enforcement Team (IEET) to help manage asylum claims.
“We have a number of initiatives underway to ensure that we are ensuring the safety of our citizens and the public safety of the Canadian border,” says Litt.
“And of course we have the CBSA’s mandate to enforce our laws.”
The CBS has been cracking down on the illegal immigration issue since 2006, when the first major crackdown was carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Since then, the CBS, which now has the largest anti-immigration police force in Canada, has been dealing with the threat of immigrants coming across the border illegally, including in the case of Kate Steinle, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant in 2015.
But Litt insists the CBSE and the new immigration office have not seen a surge in immigration as a consequence of the Trump administration’s crackdown.
“As far as I know, there hasn’t been a surge at all,” he says.
“The idea that there would be a surge because of the president is not accurate.”
“I would say we have a pretty clear message that we need to be vigilant about the threat that we have to our citizens,” says Dr. John Lett, CBSA director of operations.
The new Immigration Department is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the border is safe, that all people are treated with respect and dignity, and that asylum claimants are given the care they need.
It will be responsible for overseeing the asylum process and ensuring that Canadians are not being detained and turned back.
The report does not provide an estimate of the number of people who have been turned back by the CBIS in the past year.
Litt notes that many asylum claims are handled through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) asylum office.
The two offices have different roles, however, and the CBs new immigration offices are staffed by border agents and not by the CIC.
“So that is where the responsibility for the asylum decisions rests, is with the CSC,” says the CBCA director.
“CIC is the agency that has the authority to issue and determine whether an asylum claim is genuine.”
The new immigration department will have more authority to review asylum claims, including whether claims have been denied.
Under the new plan, those who are refused asylum will be notified and given a chance to make a decision.
Under certain circumstances, they will be able to appeal the decision to the CBT.
In some cases, those requests could take several weeks.
The department will also be able request that a case be transferred to a CBT office outside the country.
This is part of the department’s mandate, which Litt describes as being “designed to support the asylum claims process and ensure the integrity and safety of Canadian border services.”
In addition, the new Immigration Directorate will have new powers to request information about asylum claims from the CB of Canada.
“That will enable the CB to make decisions on those cases that would otherwise be deferred,” he adds.
“In some cases this may mean that the CBTS would be able, if they choose, to make that decision on those claims.”
The department is also tasked with overseeing the border crossing system, which will also undergo a major makeover.
The number of border crossings is expected to be reduced by 30 per cent by 2019.
“I think the idea that you can’t get across the line by any means is going to be very, very difficult to continue,” says Michael Dainty, who served as Canada’s Immigration Minister from 2015 to 2016.
“You can’t cross by road.
You can’t by boat.
And you can only do so in certain circumstances.”
In 2016, the country experienced a surge of more than 5,000 people crossing the border.
But many of those were people who were not from the U.S. or from Europe.
They were travelling for economic reasons, such as studying or seeking a job.
“They weren’t coming to do a crime, they were coming to come here to work,