Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, today issued the following statement in response to the United States’ decision to end the Temporary Protected Status program for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans:
“Canada is an open and welcoming country. Canadians expect our immigration system to operate with strong processes in place that allow for intake in an orderly, planned, and safe manner, and that ensures successful integration into Canadian society.
“Unfortunately, the Trudeau government continues to abdicate responsibility in protecting the integrity of our immigration system. Not only have the Liberals failed to close the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement, which incentivizes people to illegally cross Canada’s borders in order to claim asylum, but the Immigration and Refugee Board has processed only 5% of the claims by those who crossed into Canada last year. This has led to a ballooning in wait times for refugee hearings, which will result in asylum seekers waiting years in Canada before they complete the asylum process. Additionally, the government has amassed a deportations backlog of foreign nationals found to be inadmissible to Canada.
“The Liberal government has failed to take appropriate steps to manage illegal border crossings since the beginning. Neither the millions spent on winterized trailers to house asylum seekers, nor deploying Liberal backbench MPs South of the border are effective or long-term solutions. Instead of turning a blind eye to today’s announcement by the US, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be standing up to President Trump and protecting Canada’s immigration system by closing the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement.”