Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is vowing to deport asylum seekers caught sneaking into Canada, following a visit to the Manitoba town that’s been a hotspot for border crossers.
Leitch was in Manitoba on Friday to meet with town officials and residents from the town of Emerson and also made stops in Altona and Morris, Manitoba.
“This is a serious issue and it needs a plan,” Leitch told CBC.
Hundreds of asylum seekers have crossed the border near Emerson so far this year. Manitoba RCMP took 331 asylum seekers into custody from Jan.1 to March 31 alone.
Many others crossed the border and made their way into Winnipeg without getting caught.
“Individuals that enter our country illegally should be detained, should be questioned and sent back to the United States.”
“Illegal migration is unfair to those who apply properly and legally,” she said.
As summer unfolds, it remains to be seen if the number of asylum seekers jump. It could then become a hot-button election issue in 2019. – CINEWS