Roxham Rd. in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., which once connected Canada and the United States, is now one of the busiest holes in the lengthy border for illegal immigrants. (MARTIN TREMBLAY / LA PRESSE)
Through back roads and in taxis, hundreds of immigrants are making their way across the border between Quebec and the United States illegally, according to Canadian Border Services Agency statistics.
The numbers show an explosion in the amount of asylum claims being made at CBSA land border ports of entry within the province, with 452 claims being made in January. That’s more than three times the amount made during that time period the year before and almost 10 times as many as were made in 2014 or 2015.
Many of those who cross illegally are then arrested by RCMP officers, confirmed a spokesperson.
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WNU Editor: A few blocks from where I live in Montreal are a row of apartment buildings that house refugees .... the place has been packed since the arrival of Syrian refugees last year, but new arrivals keep on coming. The word is also out that Canada has a very generous welfare system that caters to refugees (which it does when compared to other countries) .... and with Prime Minister Trudeau's invitation to these migrants to come to Canada (because of Trump) .... the perception is that the Canadian border is now open. For someone like myself who tries his best to help people to come to Canada legally .... this is very frustrating. These new people are jumping the que line .... and in turn we are punishing those who follow the law and wish to enter Canada properly and legally by taking resources away from them to accommodate these new arrivals. I am also not buying the excuse that these migrants make that they are coming to Canada because the U.S. is now a dangerous place for them (because of Trump). Canada is a far easier place to start a new life than in the U.S. .... these migrants know that and are now trying their best to take advantage of it. The sad part of this story .... it is not easy to claim refugee status in Canada when you are from the U.S. .... Asylum seekers fleeing U.S. face further hurdles here (CBC). No one is telling these migrants, but when you have exhausted your appeals (which takes a long time) .... you will probably be deported back to the U.S.. My prediction .... this surge in migrants is just starting, and the animosity towards these migrants .... especially among French Quebecers who do not like outsiders .... will be growing.
More News On Canada Becoming A Destination Of Choice For Migrants
Asylum-seeking Syrian family crosses into Quebec from U.S. in -15C weather -- CBC
Asylum seekers fleeing US for Canada brave snow, extreme cold -- AFP
Refugees Are Crossing The U.S. Border Into Canada -- Vocativ
Manitoba NDP joins call to end controversial Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement -- CBC
Is Trump’s refugee crackdown threat pushing asylum seekers into Canada? -- The Star