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Some Canadians want asylum seekers sent back to the US: poll

Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm PDT

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Survey finds Canadians want illegal border jumpers sent home

PMO won't comment on new poll on illegal immigration

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – It seems Canadians have had enough with the hundreds of asylum seekers entering the country from the US.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 48 per cent want those jumping the border illegally sent right back to the United States, while 36 per cent feel Canada should accept them as refugees. Nearly 40 per cent believe the asylum seekers could make Canada less safe, while nearly half disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the situation.

The PMO is not commenting on the poll, however, a spokesperson for the Public Safety Minister says slipping across the border is not a “free ticket” into Canada. The minister’s office adds that if someone doesn’t have a valid asylum claim, then the deportation begins.

Canada hasn’t reached a record number of asylum seekers this year, but so far in 2017 there has been an increase when compared to statistics over the past few years. The RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency and public safety officials are said to be analyzing the influx, explains Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who said most of the asylum seekers intended to eventually end up in Canada, rather than the US.

Earlier this year, Surrey RCMP arrested two Turkish nationals who were turned over to Canadian immigration staffers after being arrested in the area of Zero Avenue. Investigators said the pair were cooperating, however due to a language barrier, couldn’t confirm if the couple was seeking refugee status in Canada.

The RCMP have said more than 430 people have cross the border illegally this year, mostly in border town in BC, Manitoba and Quebec.