Dear CCI Friend,
Recently, in the news, there has been some debate about whether people who cross our border are illegal or irregular refugees.
Canada follows a set of international rules regarding refugee claimants. If someone crosses into Canada at a non-border crossing point, and claims refugee status, we are obliged to give them due process. They are not here illegally.
A future hearing will determine whether or not they can remain in Canada. Many refugee complainants have already been deported. Despite what you might read, the system is working.
And let's understand why many people are fleeing to Canada. Refugees around the world are facing war, violence, poverty, persecution and/or civil unrest. I believe you and I would make the same lengthy, dangerous trek to find safety for our families.
Newcomers to your community want to rebuild their lives in a new country. They are eager to find work, pay taxes, contribute to our social safety net, send their children to school, learn English and become an integral part of the community.
We know from experience that newcomers will give back to their community.