OTTAWA, ON. (NEWS 1130) – The influx of immigrants from the US jumping the 49th parallel will be on the agenda this Friday when new US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly visits Ottawa.
The office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the discussions will focus on traveller screening, immigration policy and visa issues.
Canada continues to grapple with a recent surge of would-be refugees coming north through remote border points as well as fallout from a US ban on travellers from several predominantly Muslim countries.
Kelly will have bilateral meetings with Goodale, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
So far this year, the RCMP says it has caught about 430 people who have illegally entered Canada in BC, Manitoba and Quebec.
Other priorities for the two countries include continental security, namely plans to expand collection and sharing of data about people leaving Canada and the United States. In addition, says Goodale’s office, they will talk about cross-border trade, law-enforcement co-operation and public works projects.