‘Illegal Border Crossing Update’

“New figures released today show a shift in where the RCMP are arresting people crossing illegally into Canada. Data from the federal government shows a drop in the number of people being apprehended in Manitoba, but a major increase in Quebec.

“The RCMP intercepted 884 people who crossed into Canada between regular ports of entry in June in total, up from 742 the month before.

“Of them, 781 were caught in Quebec, compared to 576 the previous month, while in Manitoba 63 people were apprehended, down from 106 the month before.

“The report lists 39 interceptions in British Columbia in June, just one in Alberta and none in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

“Many of those who cross illegally into Canada go on to file claims for refugee status and asylum claims were up across the country last month.”

–‘New stats show illegal border crossings shift from Manitoba to Quebec’,
Canadian Press, July 21st, 2017

Feature PHOTO: Looking onto Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., from Roxham Rd. in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, near Hemmingford, Quebec. (Pierre Obendrauf — Montreal Gazette)


Quebec-U.S. border near Roxham Road. (Jaela Bernstien — CBC)

From March, 2017:
There were six times more refugee claims at Quebec’s land border in February than in the same month a year earlier, according to new statistics provided by the ‘Canada Border Services Agency’.

“A total of 635 people made claims last month after crossing into the province from the U.S. by land, compared with 99 in February 2016.

“In January, 452 people claimed asylum at Quebec border crossings — a 230% increase from January 2016…

“Over the past several months, asylum seekers have been frequently spotted at irregular crossings along the Quebec-U.S. border, often arriving by taxi at Roxham Road in New York and walking into Hemmingford on the Canadian side…”

–‘Refugee claims soar at Quebec-U.S. border, new figures show’,
Benjamin Shingler, CBC News, March 06, 2017


Several hundred people have crossed illegally from the U.S. into Quebec near Lacolle. (Christinne Muschi — Reuters)

From February, 2017:
“The RCMP are confirming they arrested four people who crossed illegally into Quebec Tuesday near the Vermont border. Cpl. Francois Gagnon says the migrants were arrested near Hemmingford, Que., as the province continues to see an influx of refugee claimants arriving from the U.S.

“Gagnon couldn’t provide details on the latest border jumpers but says his officers intercept people every day who enter the province illegally. He says most of them ask to claim refugee status and are taken to a nearby border station for processing.

“Officials say a growing number of refugee claimants are crossing the U.S. border into Canada illegally, with the largest increase being recorded in Quebec. The ‘Canada Border Services Agency’ says 452 people made a refugee claim at Quebec land border crossings in January…”

–‘More refugees arrested after illegally crossing into Quebec’,
Canadian Press, February 14, 2017


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