Fact check: Has every single refugee claimant in Canada been screened?
|CTVnews 16 May 2019 at 03:50|
OTTAWA -- "We have made sure that every single person crossing our borders, whether legally or illegally, gets processed according to all our rules. We have seen over the past years all around the world an increase in migration and in asylum seekers happening everywhere, and Canada is not immune to that. However, we have a strong immigration system that continues to apply all its steps to everyone crossing the border." -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in question period, May 7, 2019.
The influx of asylum seekers to Canada has become a sustained political headache for the Liberals over the last two years and is likely to be the subject of divisive debates in the upcoming fall federal election.
The most heated rhetoric tends to revolve around tens of thousands of "irregular migrants" who have crossed into Canada through unofficial paths along the Canada-U.S. border since early 2017.
The Conservatives have been accusing the Trudeau government of not being in control of the country s immigration system and have been using the number of migrants -- whom they typically call "illegal," not "irregular" -- to highlight those concerns.
Trudeau and immigration officials continue to insist the system is just fine and that Conservatives are merely stoking fears for partisan gain.
The prime minister responded to one recent question from deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt by saying "every single person crossing our borders, whether legally or illegally, gets processed according to all our rules."