887 asylum seekers have been caught trying to cross into Canada unlawfully from the United States in March. This is triple the number in January.
Canada is on its way to seeing the highest number of asylum claims in six years. These findings can be attributed to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration and refugees.
One fifth of all the people who have filed for asylum in Canada have crossed across the border unlawfully.
The total number of asylum seekers for 2017 falls at 1,860. Statistics predict this will only rise as the weather gets warmer.
Canada, by law, is required to turn people away if they cross at land borders and then try to file refugee claims.
Asylum seekers are crossing in between formal crossings, they are taken into custody, allowed to file claims and given permission to stay in Canada until an outcome for their case is reached.
Nearly half of the people surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released in March wanted to deport people illegally crossing into Canada from its southern neighbor. “The majority of irregular migrants are holders of visas for the United States,” according to a statement released Wednesday from the office of Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “Canadian authorities are managing the increase in asylum seekers in a sound and measured way. … To be clear – trying to slip across the border in an irregular manner is not a ‘free’ ticket to Canada.” Almost three-quarters of the asylum seekers caught crossing so far this year were taken into custody in Quebec, the government data showed. Roxham Road, which straddles Champlain, New York and Hemmingford, Quebec, has become such a common spot that photographers cluster there and would-be refugees refer to it by name. Most of the others were taken into custody in Manitoba and British Columbia – 331 and 201, respectively. Police said Wednesday they have charged 43-year-old Michelle Omoruyi with human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling. Police allege they found Omoruyi driving nine west African asylum seekers across the U.S. border into the prairie province of Saskatchewan Friday night. The nine asylum seekers have filed refugee claims and are not in custody.