A man is confronted by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer as he prepares to cross the U.S.-Canada border leading into Hemmingford, Quebec. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Reuters: Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll
Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.
A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada "less safe," underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau's Liberal government.
The increasing flow of hundreds of asylum-seekers of African and Middle Eastern origin from the United States in recent months has become a contentious issue in Canada.
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WNU Editor: I am a Canadian citizen AND an immigrant to Canada. My family and I went through a lot of trouble becoming legal immigrants to this country .... we paid out dues, took the necessary time to become citizens, and we received no assistance from the government during the process. We followed the law in every-way .... and it makes my blood boil that there are some people who believe they can circumvent all of this by jumping the line in the hope that Canada's charitable nature will give them a pass. I live in the French province of Quebec .... and even though the numbers crossing the border are (still) minuscule .... the anti-immigrant sentiments in this province among the French population are off the scale right now. As I tell my Liberal friends who are in power in Ottawa .... their power-base and the reason why they are in power is because of Quebec, and they are now messing around with those who voted them into power.