`No sign' Canada is keeping track of illegal migrants
Expert accuses Ottawa of expanding temporary foreign worker program without enough controls
May 08, 2008 04:30 AM
Canada's border agency's failure to track down 41,000 illegal migrants may be only the tip of the iceberg as an unknown number of people simply overstay in the country after their visas expire, a security expert warns.
With the federal government's rapid expansion of the temporary foreign worker program, many of these overseas workers may just want to stay here – legally or not – after their work permits end and simply go underground, said Martin Collacott of the Fraser Institute, a national conservative think tank.
Ottawa issued 106,750 temporary foreign worker permits in 2006, and 103,000 were issued within the first nine months of 2007. The number is expected to grow with various measures introduced by the Harper government to make it easier for Canadian employers to bring in workers from abroad.
A report released by Auditor General Sheila Fraser on Tuesday said there were 41,000 individuals – mostly failed refugee claimants – facing immigration warrants for removal whose whereabouts were unknown to the Canada Border Services Agency, up from 36,000 in a similar audit five years ago.
It can be hard to toss a failed refugee claimant out of the country because of the many legal safeguards in place to ensure a person is not detained or removed without cause or due process. Safeguards include judicial reviews and stay of removal applications at the federal court or pre-removal risk assessments by border officials themselves.
Officially Canada accepts 250-260,000 landed immigrants a year but unofficially it is much higher than that as implied by this report, somewhere around 300,000+. Canada has the highest immigrant intake in the entire world, a fact stressed further by illegal immigration. By initiating programs that grants temporary entry to foreign individuals without the mechanisms to monitor and remove these individuals is an invitation for abuse just like our refugee system is.
It is becoming ever more clearer that we, as Canadians, have lost control of our borders and by doing so have surrendered our sovereignty. The uncontrolled inflow of people and the inability to remove them is tantamount to an official surrender.