On Wednesday, the RCMP announced it had foiled a scheme to smuggle nine foreign nationals into the country under cover of night between points of entry at North Portal and Northgate, in the province’s southeast corner. After a four-month investigation, in co-operation with border agents on both sides of the 49th parallel, the RCMP took the asylum-seekers into custody and laid human-smuggling charges against a 43-year-old Regina woman.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials later revealed three other people have been arrested in connection with the case — two Canadian citizens and one Nigerian citizen.
Many in this province had been wondering how long it would be before we joined our neighbours in Manitoba as a target for border-jumpers. Over the past few months, the town of Emerson — about five hours east of North Portal — has seen an unprecedented influx, reacting to the tough talk of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened mass deportations of illegals.
Now that we know what we’ve long suspected — that Saskatchewan’s vast spaces and sparse population makes it a good spot to cross the border undetected — we need to take a deep breath and relax. This isn’t the time to fall prey to the hysterical xenophobia that politicians around the world have whipped up in recent months.