December 13, 2010
Cracking Down on Human Smuggling
Unfortunately, some people who come to Canada abuse our generosity and goodwill – human traffickers, human smugglers, illegal migrants who just want to jump the line. Canada welcomes families seeking refuge who are working hard and playing by the rules. But our message is clear: we will not tolerate bogus asylum seekers falsely claiming refugee status – costing hard-working Canadian taxpayers as much as $50,000 per case. This is not fair to Canadians who are being robbed of their hard-earned tax dollars, and it’s not fair to refugees who are legitimately fleeing conflict and persecution and following the rules.
Our Conservative Government passed legislation to fix Canada’s broken refugee system. Our balanced reforms will help provide real refugees with faster protection here in Canada. They will help us to better identify and quickly remove those who falsely claim refugee status. And with a quicker and more efficient system, we will help save Canadian tax dollars.
Building on our refugee reform, our Conservative Government is working to fight human smuggling. Human smuggling is a global problem, and here in Canada, we are taking action to fix it.
We have introduced the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act to crack down on human smuggling. Our proposed new measures would help ensure that law enforcement have the tools needed to crack down on those who abuse the system. They would also hold ship owners and operators accountable for use of their ships in human smuggling operations. These measures would also help deter illegal migrants from using human smugglers to come to Canada.
Our Conservative Government will continue to be fair, welcoming and generous to those who play by the rules. But we also want to make it clear: Canada will not tolerate human smuggling and we will not tolerate bogus asylum seekers.
Leon Benoit, MP