Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is in talks with the United States in hopes of avoiding the deployment of American soldiers along their shared border.
Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada.
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On Monday, the USA announced a 30-day agreement with both Canada and Mexico that includes immediately returning any illegal migrants to the countries from which they arrived, or to their countries of origin if that isn't possible, rather than holding them at facilities in the U.S. This information would be relayed to border guards to intercept people.
A U.S. official familiar with the matter said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is stressed on the northern border because virtually all patrol officers and border crossing officials were shifted to the southern border, where they are supplemented by a brigade from the 101st Airborne Division, a Marine battalion and National Guard personnel.
She stressed that they are talking about a potential decision by the US and said they first learned of the proposal a few days ago.
The order will not apply to people who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services or to those who provide essential services. Such efforts have usually been targeted at Mexico.
Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland was more blunt, saying that Canada was "strongly opposed" to the proposal and made that "very, very clear" to the Americans. We have trade, some illegal trade, that we don't like. When we worked together to negotiate the new NAFTA, I saw Ms. Hillman's ability to stand up for Canadians and fight for their interests.
Separately, one of the United States sources said several hundred more troops would also be deployed along the border with Mexico in addition to the ones already there. "I guess it's equal justice, to some extent", Mr. Trump said. "But in Canada, we have, we do have troops along the border". The plan did not appear meant to help border guards search for illicit shipments of heavy metals.
The House of Commons was recalled for Tuesday but didn't pass the bill until almost 6 a.m. Wednesday after lengthy negotiations among the governing Liberals and opposition parties about the extent of extraordinary spending powers the government was requesting. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss internal discussions.