Minister Blair tours border operations in Lacolle

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July 24, 2018—Montreal, QC—The Government of Canada is committed to effectively and efficiently meeting our international obligations regarding refugees, while protecting the safety and security of all Canadians.

The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, visited Lacolle yesterday to be briefed on border operations.

Minister Blair, who is also the minister responsible for irregular migration, began the tour by visiting the site of irregular border crossings at Roxham Road. After a briefing with staff, he visited the nearby port of entry at St-Bernard-de-Lacolle.

During the tour, he saw first-hand that the appropriate resources are in place to ensure that no one leaves a port of entry until security screening has been completed. People who cross the border irregularly are arrested, and like all asylum claimants, undergo an in-depth process that includes an interview, taking fingerprints and photos, as well as security, criminal record and health checks.

Minister Blair witnessed the close collaboration between the Canada Border Services Agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other key partners like the Red Cross. He commended frontline officers and all the employees who support them for their dedication and professionalism as they continue to work together to effectively manage the situation.

Minister Blair was appointed the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction on July 18, 2018. He will work to ensure Canada’s border is managed in a way that promotes legitimate travel and trade, keeps Canadians safe, treats everyone fairly and in accordance with our laws, and upholds Canada’s global responsibility to the protection of those fleeing persecution in the world.