Illegal Immigrants from U.S. Southern Border Crossing into Canada Before Being Caught

Immigrants waiting to enter Canada have come from a number of countries via the United States’ lax border policies.

QUICK FACTS:
  • In December of 2021, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught 2,811 asylum seekers attempting to cross into Canada, according to The Guardian.
  • Many of the would-be refugees came from their home countries into the United States via the southern border and waited until they could make it to Canada when borders opened again.
  • Those attempting to enter Canada were from many countries, including Mexico, Colombia, India, and Iran.
  • Crossing at non-border junctions means that they were not subject to the “Safe Third Country Agreement,” which would have likely landed them an asylum claim in the United States.
MORE ABOUT THE ATTEMPTED BORDER CROSSINGS:
  • In January and February of 2022, border guards for Canada intercepted 2,382 and 2,164, respectively, compared to 888 and 808 in January and February of 2019.
  • “It seems to me the ministry has been caught off guard,” said Montreal lawyer Pierre-Luc Bouchard, who has 70 refugee cases after two years with almost zero new clients. “They are completely confused.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Should the migrants have attempted to enter Canada at a traditional entry point, they would have been subject to the Safe Third Country agreement, which has been set to be contested at Canada’s Supreme Court.
  • Migrant crossings from Mexico reached a 20-year high in the United States last year, which is believed to have accounted for the influx to the north.