The Customs and Immigration Union hopes the Trudeau cabinet will heed their call for a dedicated border patrol.
Cabinet will meet Monday to discuss the growing number of asylum-seekers crossing into Canada illegally from the U.S.
There are 117 border crossings between Canada and the US, but almost 9,000 kilometers of the border is unguarded.
According to the union’s national president, some 3,000 people have crossed into Canada mainly at border crossings in Manitoba and Quebec. “We’re talking about refugees but there’s also the drugs, the weapons that are coming across the border,” Jean-Pierre Fortin told the Morning News on News Talk 770.
“Right now, we’re having a crisis…. We need to secure the border. We’ve been actually pushing for that for the past 10 years, to have a dedicated force at the border.”
To start, the union suggests that force should be 300 border patrol officers stationed in every sector across the country.
The number of asylum seekers is expected to grow as the weather warms up.
with files from Bruce Kenyon, News Talk 770