immigrants cross US border into Canada


Yomele Almeida

Canadian authorities are reporting a surge of asylum seekers crossing from the U.S. in the first months of the year. New statistics show the total remains small, but the number of people detained is growing.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Quebec reports 245 people crossing the border were intercepted in January and 432 in February. The RCMP intercepted 19 people crossing in January and 142 in February in the province of Manitoba.

The numbers reflect refugees’ fears that asylum will be harder to obtain in the United States under President Donald Trump.