Trudeau Government To Reduce Detentions Of Illegal Border Crossers

Move could create even more of an incentive for people to enter Canada illegally.

The Trudeau government is planning to introduce ‘alternative’ measures to reduce the number of individuals in detention centres.

As noted in a recent report, “Canada’s border agency is set to announce changes aimed at releasing more refugee claimants and other foreign nationals safely into the community while their immigration status is being resolved. An expanded framework for alternatives to detention will provide “risk-based, nationally consistent programming” for individuals deemed suitable for release, according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Agreements with third-party service providers, including the John Howard Society, have been signed to track people released to the community with conditions. Details of the changes are expected to be announced in coming days.”

Of course, “safely” is the word being used by the government, and considering the lack of border security we see now, there are reasons to doubt that claim.

The report also notes the potential ‘alternatives’ to detention:

“A community case management and supervision program that will align in-community support services with individuals’ needs to mitigate any risk factors. A voice reporting system available across the country that will allow people to comply with reporting conditions by using voice biometrics to report to the CBSA at a designated time. Expanded electronic supervision tools such as the use of GPS electronic monitoring on a pilot basis.”

Keep in mind, while the government isn’t saying it, this change is clearly about reducing the number of illegal border crossers in detention, and taxpayers will be paying for all of it. This makes it even more beneficial for people to enter Canada illegally, since the fear of being detained is removed or lessened.

As a result, the incentive for illegal crossings will grow again as word spreads that crossing illegally into Canada doesn’t even mean being detained.

And that increased incentive to cross illegally will mean even more of a burden on Canadian taxpayers, and even more of a strain on the services we are paying for. Not to mention the security issue of making it easier for people to disappear into our vast country.

Yet again, the Trudeau government is showing weakness and an inability to create a deterrent against the breaching of our borders. So much for that new ‘border security’ minister. Trudeau’s open borders policy continues.

Spencer Fernando

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