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Nearly half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported

21 March 2017, 02:02 | Jodi Jackson

Almost half of Canadians want illegal migrants to be sent back to US

This sign marks the Canadian side of the border at one rural area where many people are crossing illegally into Canada. Mamadou was in the woods somewhere within 20 miles of here

Numerous illegal immigrants that Reuters interviewed in Canada were previously living in the us, seeking asylum, and fled the country when Trump became president, citing fears of deportation.

Nearly half of Canadians think migrants and refugees who illegally cross into Canada at the US border should be sent back to the states, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday. The numbers in support of stronger immigration enforcement are similar to those in the USA, where half the adults surveyed in a separate poll also said they want more illegal immigrants deported.

Since Trump's election, refugees, primarily from Africa and the Middle East, have been jumping the border into Canada from the U.S.in increasing numbers.

"We will continue to strike that balance between having a rigorous system and accepting those who are in need".

Other Canadians told Reuters it's one thing to welcome immigrants who come legally, but another matter when they decide to put themselves at the front of the line and enter illegally.

Janzen told Reuters that he himself saw hundreds of people illegally crossing the border from the US.

In Manitoba alone, RCMP picked up 143 people who snuck across the Canada-U.S. border in January and February.

Some 41 percent of those surveyed expressed concern that illegal migrants would make Canada less safe, though 41 percent said they won't.

Reuters/Ipsos polled 1,001 Canadian adults online in English and French in March.

In contrast, only 12 per cent of respondents in a December 2015 Angus Reid poll listed the deficit and government spending among their chief concerns. The Conservative opposition have called on him to enforce stricter border controls and to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement which prohibits most migrants in the U.S. from making a refugee claim at an official border post and forces them to enter the country via risky routes.

The same number of respondents suggested that the migrants should be sent back to the USA, while 36 percent said Canada should "accept these migrants" and allow them to apply for asylum.

But if an asylum seeker crosses illegally, they will be detained, sent to the CBSA, and possibly given the opportunity to file a claim with the Immigration and Refugee Board.

MPR News' reporters Dan Gunderson and Laura Yuen discussed their reporting for "Dangerous passage: Refugees in Minnesota risk death to reach Canada" on Facebook Live on Monday.

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