Mr. Speaker, I want to put on record my opposition to signing the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. We currently have an issue at our borders with an unprecedented number of asylum seekers entering illegally. We recently learned that it costs taxpayers about $34,000 for each migrant to be processed, and this cost is projected to rise as more people arrive in this manner and the system becomes backlogged.
The current border crisis is expected to cost taxpayers over $1 billion by 2020, which does not include costs incurred by the provinces. The costs associated with signing and implementing this global compact are unknown right now. Signing this compact could put an even larger burden on the backs of Canadian taxpayers.
I support a safe and orderly immigration system and believe that Canada must be in control of our borders. Signing the UN global compact does not give us control. I strongly urge the government to reconsider committing our country to this global compact.