Canada has agreed to release hundreds of undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions who will be eligible for a “voluntary return home” to Canada.
But only a handful will actually be allowed to move to the United States.
Canada has been trying to repatriate some of the convicted criminals since it first took them into custody in 2015, but it’s unclear if that plan will be completed this year.
The deportation program is a key part of Canada’s immigration system, and it’s widely seen as crucial to its overall security and economic prosperity.
Many of the deportees are currently living in the U.S. But Canada will still try to repatriates them in 2018, the Canadian Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, said Friday.
That will likely take place in 2019, when the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union, he said.
That decision will be made at a later date.
The Liberals are pushing for Canada to allow the deportations, saying that it would help the country fight human trafficking.
The government is seeking to increase the number of deportations in a bid to get the deportable criminals back home.
A spokeswoman for the U-K.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade declined to comment Friday.
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has said that the deportables could return home in 2018.
“There are a number of individuals that have been convicted of criminal offences, but they’re not eligible for voluntary return home,” Alexander said at a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday.
The U.K. has not announced any plans to leave the European union, but the United Nations estimates there are at least 1,200 criminal aliens living in Britain and the U, living in illegal camps.
“This is a very significant development, because if the United Nation can do this, then there are many more people that are not eligible,” Alexander told reporters.
“That will give us a lot more confidence in our ability to deal with these individuals.”
Immigration Minister Amy Adams said the U.-K.
government will continue to work with Canada and other countries on repatriation.
“We’re going to work to have those who have been in our country for a long time be able to return home to Canada and be reunited with their families,” Adams said.
The issue of deportation is not a new one for Canada.
The country has had a system in place since the 1980s for sending people back to their home countries, but that has since been criticized for not being efficient and expensive.
Alexander said the deportability scheme would make it easier for Canadian authorities to repatriating criminal aliens, and will allow for more efficient deportation.
He said that in a similar situation, a country like Germany or Spain, which has more stringent deportation procedures, would be able “to repatriate criminals that are living in their country of origin.”
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board said Friday it has no plans to release any more deportable immigrants.
But a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Adams said she hopes the deportation program will help improve the security of the country.
“Our immigration system is the safest in the world, and we will continue our efforts to ensure that all Canadians have the same access to our immigration system,” said Amanda MacIsaac, a spokeswoman.