Nearly Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Immigrants Deported

He said many of those apprehended in Manitoba had been in the USA for less than two months and had always meant to make Canada their final destination.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday, some 48 percent of Canadians support "increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally" and 41 percent said illegal border crossers will make Canada "less safe".

Warm weather may lead to an even greater spike in illegal immigration into Canada, warned Brian Lee Crowley, head of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute public think-tank.

-Canada border crossings. Refugees seeking asylum status in Canada make up part of the surge.

When asked specifically about recent border crossings from the United States, roughly 48 percent said Canada should "send these migrants back to the USA", while only 36 percent said Canada should "accept these migrants".

"Refugees are much more welcomed when we have gone and selected them ourselves as a country, as opposed to refugees who have chosen us", said Janet Dench, executive director of Canadian Council for Refugees.

But Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told Parliament Monday the political atmosphere in the USA isn't what's driving them.

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The Canadian government has set an immigration target of 300,000 for 2017, comprising 1% of the population.

By contrast, 2,145 people crossed at official land border ports of entry and made refugee claims during the same period, including 1,085 in Quebec, 905 in Ontario, 80 in Manitoba, and 35 each in Alberta and British Columbia.

Data released today shows that the RCMP have arrested almost half as many illegal border crossers this year as they did in all of 2016. Four per cent said it would make Canada more safe.

"If people become convinced there's a large uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants", he said, "I think that will be a very serious political issue for the government".

But Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned about those who don't follow the proper legal channels to enter the country.

"If they are found to be inadmissible without a valid claim, deportation procedures are begun", he said, adding that those who are believed to pose a risk can be detained.

A separate January poll, however, showed that Trudeau's policies winning overall approval from 59 percent of Canadians, while 41 percent disapproved.

  • Adam Floyd