Public safety minister speaks at Manitoba-US border site of illegal crossings

Public safety minister speaks at Manitoba-US border site of illegal crossings

Public safety minister speaks at Manitoba-US border site of illegal crossings

Canada will not tighten its border to deter migrants crossing illegally from the United States in the wake of a USA immigration crackdown because the numbers are not big enough to cause alarm, a government minister said on Saturday.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Africa and the Middle East.

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is set to visit the Canadian capital Ottawa early this month for talks on the border and the influx of people, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Asylum seekers have been walking through snow-covered fields, often in frigid temperatures, to reach Canada.

Under the agreement, refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in - meaning would-be claimants arriving at an official border crossing from the US would be turned back.

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Canadian and United States officials speak daily about the border crossers and law enforcement agencies from both nations met in Montreal last month to plot strategies, the source said.

He says there are hundreds of unguarded roads that leading into Canada from the U.S. However the community said it hopes the government will continue to provide monetary support if the small border town sees more asylum seekers cross in to Manitoba as the weather warms up.

Comparing parts of the Canada-U.S. border to "Swiss Cheeze", the head of the union that represents Canada's border officers says more help is needed.

The senior official and a second person directly involved in the border security files say that the United States 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.

Greg Janzen, the reeve of Emerson-Franklin, said he has been very happy with the response so far from the federal and Manitoba governments.

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