Weather, eased COVID-19 restrictions fuel spike in irregular Canada-U.S. migration

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WASHINGTON — Warmer weather and fading fears about COVID-19 have immigration experts warning of more irregular migration at the Canada-U.S. border.

Even during the cold winter months, police have so far this year encountered record numbers of would-be asylum seekers trying to enter Canada, most of them in Quebec.

U.S. border officials also seem to be seeing more people trying to cross in the opposite direction.

Six Indian nationals were rescued from a boat sinking on the St. Regis River in northern New York late last month, part of what court documents allege was a human smuggling operation.

A family of four other Indian migrants perished in January trying to cross the border from Manitoba as part of what prosecutors allege was a similar scheme.

Border authorities in Vermont and Maine have also recently encountered carloads of people found to be in the country illegally, including a group of Romanian nationals who entered from Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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