Canada is trying to make it harder to… well, get into Canada.
Reports have surfaced that our neighbors to the North are planning on changing some of their current laws to help keep asylum seekers out of the country after they’d been denied from another country like the United States and Australia.
According to an article by the BBC, “the law would allow immigration officers at the border to reject refugee claims if the asylum seeker has already made a claim in another country that has an immigration information-sharing agreement with Canada.”
Attorney Kevin Wiener sent an email to BBC regarding the changes and what they meant for asylum seekers.
“I expect this to be a major change for Canada’s refugee system and I’m surprised to see it buried in a budget bill,” he wrote.
“If immigration officers are going to be the new front-line decision-makers for a large volume of refugee claims, then the government needs to make sure they do a better job at providing fair and reasonable decision-making.”
Meanwhile in the United States, Customs and Border Patrol officials are being overrun by the crisis at the southern border. Large caravans have formed across Central America and Mexico and traveled to the States under the pretense of seeking asylum.
Texas is now reporting that they are seeking new holding facilities to be able to handle the mass amount of border crossings they’re dealing with after detaining over 100,000 in March alone. Those numbers are the highest in over 10 years, and experts are speculating that the next few months could see those figures rise to 150,000 or more.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) March 26, 2019
The Trump Administration secured a $1 billion budget to begin building the border wall across states on the southern border, but Customs and Border Patrol officials are already overrun by the staggering numbers of crossings that only continue to rise.
#BorderCrisis Caravan of over 3,000 Central American migrants is on it's way to the U.S. from Chiapas according to Mexican news outlets. From Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, & Cuba. It's unclear which border they'll try to cross from. pic.twitter.com/AWRhEc4rM5
— Alphidius at #WMIF19 #Boston 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@AlfidioValera) April 3, 2019
According to a report from Dallas News, “thousands of asylum-seeking children could be headed to Dallas as the federal government looks to relieve pressure on a bloated immigration system and overwhelmed nonprofit shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border.”
In the media coverage over the thousands of unaccompanied minors that need to be transferred, a feeling of being overrun has spread amongst southern states and CBP officers. Current shelters are already flowing as wait times for processing become longer and longer.
Legal cases for immigrants are also extremely backed up and have representatives pushing for the hiring of more judges to help facilitate the extreme number of caseloads.
“Until we can get some control of the inflow [of migrants], we’re not going to be able to work down that backlog,” said U.S. Attorney William Barr. He referred to the “problem with the asylum laws” as cause for the backup.
The border crossings are leading to an inevitable ‘breaking point’, where the system will be so overrun that the border would need to be closed entirely or risk further issues and threats to national security.
The newly constructed 30-foot wall in Calexico, CA, replaces a barrier made of surplus corrugated steel landing mats from the Vietnam War—and border officials tell President @realDonaldTrump it's making a crucial difference.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 9, 2019