US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will travel to Ottawa in early March to work with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to discuss the recent influx of asylum seekers who travel illegally to Canada from United States, a source close to the record confirms at the Reuters news agency.
For the past few weeks hundreds of illegal immigrants from Africa and the Middle East have been fearful of being expelled from the United States by the new administration of Donald Trump, Official border crossings.
Authorities from both nations are routinely informing people crossing the common border, and intelligence officials and law enforcement officials met in Montreal in February to establish strategies, reports the source to whom Reuters has granted Anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.
At the meeting, the Americans asked Canada to provide information on asylum-seekers, including how they came to the United States and their legal status.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesperson, Annie Delisle, confirmed that the summit had taken place and that the two sides had agreed on “an action plan that advocates a collaborative approach to the influx Of asylum seekers “. However, she refused to give more details.
“More embarrassing than threatening”
Border crossings are very limited and do not represent a serious security problem, a senior official of the US Secretary of Homeland Security reports to Reuters.
“Frankly, it’s more embarrassing than threatening,” says the official on condition of anonymity.
The senior official and a second person directly involved in the border security files say that the US authorities have not yet made efforts to increase the security of the northern border of the country in part because the authorities in question Lack of human resources and equipment.
Medium and long-term risk
A senior source in a Canadian national security agency said that returning IDPs pose a medium- and long-term security risk, as those who cross the border into Canada Truly simply in search of an asylum.
However, vast areas of the 8900 km border are not being monitored, and the more images of people crossing the border are being circulated, the more vulnerable Canada could become, says the source, Anonymity, to Reuters.
“If we continue at this pace and [foreigners] realize how porous the border is, then some people will take advantage of the opportunity to get [terrorist agents] out,” she concludes.
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