The Journal de Montréal has reported that 400 people with links to Mexican gangs have recently entered Canada, and that half of these supposed criminals are now residing in Quebec.
The newspaper reports that this information was given to them by reliable sources. These figures have not been confirmed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) nor by other newspapers.
A more lenient border crossing policy may be to blame for this. A report by the CBSA stated that, since relaxing requirements for Mexicans crossing the border, they have seized 80% more drugs coming from Mexico.
Le Journal de Montréal mentions the case of one man who, though he is known to police, entered the country using a fake passport. Months later, police arrested Romualdo Lopez-Herrera for extortion, but he once again disappeared.
According to the president of the syndicate of the CBSA, fake passports are becoming more common at the border. Inadmissibility has risen by 500% at the border since 2016.
In 2016, a new policy meant that travellers from Mexico no longer needed a visa to cross the border. The Journal de Montréal is pointing a finger at this policy, saying that it is responsible for allowing 400 people with ties to cartels and drugs into Canada.
The Minister of Public Security told the Journal de Montréal that they take border security very seriously.
After a string of murders earlier this month, including a public shooting in a hotel, the Laval police have ramped up activities, declaring war on gang members.
It is worth noting that, between 2016 and 2017, violent crime has only increased by 3%, while property crime and other Criminal Code offences rose by 1% between 2016 and 2017.
The total crime rate between 2007 and 2017 decreased by 23%.