According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) data, the federal agency is rushing to deport illegal border crossers ahead of the upcoming election.
The CBSA has been ordered to prioritize deporting those who crossed the Canada-U.S. border and had illegitimate claims over other cases.
The illegal migrants are now classified alongside criminals as a high priority deportation group.
The move comes after internal CBSA emails indicated that the agency was planning to increase deportation by 35 per cent, up to 10,000 people a year.
In May, 2018 it was revealed that out of the 68,000 illegal border crossers in Canada, less than 1% were successfully removed from the country.
Since 2017, over 36,000 people have walked into Canada, and border crossings are continuing on a daily basis at several irregular crossing points along Canada’s border with the United States.
Under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, deportation numbers have steadily decreased. The recent move will spike the number of annual deportations dramatically. In 2018 the number of total deportations was a little over 6,000 individuals.
The move to increase deportation is likely an attempt by the federal government to indicate that it is willing to work to solve the border crisis ahead of the 2019 elections.
Whether Canadians will believe the government’s overtures? That’s for voters to decide.