New statistics show 2,560 people were intercepted by the RCMP crossing the border into Canada, signalling a possible summer spike
MONTREAL—Last month saw a sizeable increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally into Canada from the United States, according to federal statistics released Monday.
The federal government said the number of people intercepted by the RCMP while crossing the border in April jumped 30 per cent to 2,560. A month earlier, in March, 1,970 asylum seekers entered Canada in between official border crossings.
In previous months, the number of people crossing illegally into Canada from the United States has been steady at around 1,500 each month.
The vast majority of those entering the country in April — 2,479 people — arrived in the province of Quebec.
Last month, the Quebec government demanded additional help and financing from the federal government to handle the increased migration, which coincided with the November 2016 election of U.S. President Donald Trump and his promise to tighten American immigration policies.