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Jenny Kwan: Committee Chairman and Border Crossers

jenny kwan: I believe what the committee decided today was to ensure that Canadians hear the truth, get the story from the government about what their work is, what they are doing, what remains to be done, said Liberal MP and committee chairman Rob Oliphant following a testy two-hour meeting, according to National Observer. Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel and her NDP counterpart, Jenny Kwan, have been pushing the Liberal government to learn more about its plan to deal with the influx of border crossers. Committee members agreed Monday during a rare summer session to review the government's response to the irregular border crossers, inviting testimony from Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister for families, children and social development. ; Members gave a unanimous nod to future meetings after squabbling at length over details and debating the legality of asylum seekers crossing at wooded spots between official ports of entry. Kwan reiterated her view that Donald Trump's America is not a safe country. According to new numbers released Friday, the RCMP intercepted 1,263 people at the border in June, which is down from 1,869 in May. Canada's Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S. stipulates that asylum seekers are required to make their claims in the first safe country where they arrive meaning those who come into Canada at an official land crossing are sent back to make their claim in the U.S. The agreement does not cover irregular or illegal asylum seekers those entering Canada at unofficial points, most notably in Quebec. ( As reported in the news.