Canada Border Services Agency—Detention of Refugee ChildrenPublished on 15 June 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Mobina Jaffer
Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer:
Honourable senators, my question is also to the leader in the Senate.
Leader, I have asked you this question many times; I’m sure you are getting tired of it. I’m of the opinion, leader, that the minister made a commitment almost two years ago about the detention of migrant children and we still do not have the answers. I know you won’t have the answers today, but I’m hoping that when we come back, we will.
As you know, leader, based on data from 2011 to 2015, immigration detention centres across Canada hold an average of 242 children a year, often due to failed refugee claims.
On the one hand, I’m glad that Minister Goodale, when he came to us two years ago, talked about alternatives to detention so children would not be detained, but it has been two years. What has been happening?