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TORONTO: Will Canada’s decision to lift visa restrictions on tourists from Mexico provide a platform for human smugglers to send illegal immigrants into this country?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced removal of visa restrictions on Mexican tourists today after his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Ottawa.
Since Mexico is the route adopted by human smugglers from Asia and elsewhere to push illegal people into the US, there is a big possibility that the human smugglers could use Mexico to push illegal people into Canada by getting them fake documents in Mexico.
Visa restrictions on Mexican tourists to Canada was imposed in 2009.
In return, Mexico has decided to lift from October restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products.
“President Pena Nieto and I came together these past two days in a spirit of friendship and respect to deepen the relationship between our two great countries. Canada and Mexico are more than just friends – we are partners – and the agreements we reached today will spark the exchange of more travellers, goods, and ideas between our countries than ever before,’’ Trudeau said after his meeting with the Mexican president.
Mexico is Canada’s third-largest trading partner after the US and China. The bilateral trade between the two countries touched $37.8 billion in 2015.