Federal Budget 2019: Liberals Earmark Nearly $1.2-Billion Over Five Years to Tackle Border Challenge

(Michelle Zilio – Globe & Mail)

The federal government will commit almost $1.2-billion over five years to address the challenges posed by tens of thousands of asylum seekers who have entered Canada through unauthorized areas along the U.S. border.

The new money was announced in Tuesday’s budget and will be dispersed among eight federal departments and agencies to improve border security and protect Canada’s immigration system from those who try to exploit it. More than 40,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada – between official border crossings – since U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown began two years ago, bogging down the refugee protection system.

“To ensure that our asylum system is fair and effective – supporting Canada’s reputation as a country that is welcoming as well as governed by the rule of law – we will invest in a comprehensive border enforcement strategy, to better detect and intercept people who cross into Canada irregularly and those that attempt to exploit our immigration system,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said during his budget speech in the House of Commons. Click here to read more.