On Tuesday, the Auditor General released a report critical of border security issues.
In that report, the Auditor General highlighted a number of concerns regarding border security.
In one part of the investigation, an examination was made regarding cases where the Canada Border Services Agency Officers are given instructions to “look out” for specific individuals. In one part of the audit, the Auditor General found that of 34 “look-outs” put on the system for a period of time, four individuals successfully entered Canada.
In addition, the Auditor General also looked at a system when a traveler is referred to secondary inspection. Secondary inspection is part of the process where the individual is referred for further questioning by immigration officers. They looked a sample of 49 targets and found that four of those targets were missed. Of the four individuals who were missed, these people were identified as individuals of interest because of human smuggling, criminal inadmissibility or immigration fraud.
So, the big question is, how can the Canada Border Services Agency miss so many people that are on their “watch list”? In addition to missing people on this list, how many more individuals are able to get into Canada who should not be here? Not every traveler to Canada who may not entitled to enter is on a “watch list”. Many times, Border Services Officers must make decisions on travelers that they know nothing about. Is the system stronger or weaker for these individuals?