Total Border Crossings between US and Canada Soar, Exceeding 10-Year Record

The US-Canada border has been witnessing an unprecedented surge in migrant crossings, with numbers surpassing the total of the last ten years combined. This alarming increase raised concerns about border security and the strain on resources.

Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia of the Swanton Sector, which covers the New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont borders with Canada, recently sounded the alarm.

He reported over 6,100 apprehensions from 76 different countries occurred in just 11 months, a figure that eclipses the total for the past decade.

In stark contrast, the region saw only about 1,000 Border Patrol apprehensions in 2020, and a mere 365 in 2021.

The fiscal year, which runs from October to September, has seen a staggering increase in detentions this year, with more than 6,000 migrants from 76 countries detained so far.

The surge in crossings is not limited to the Swanton Sector. The entire US-Canada border has recorded 7,633 crossings as of the end of July, already surpassing the total for all of 2022, when there were 2,238 apprehensions, and for all of 2021, when there were 916.

This influx of migrants is putting a strain on the 115 ports of entry along the US-Canada border. According to Garcia, these stations are saturated due to the surge.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that many of these migrants are from Mexico, Guatemala, and Haiti, countries that are grappling with their own economic and political challenges.

The increase in crossings can be attributed to several factors. One significant factor is Canada’s loosening of its COVID restrictions. This allowed migrants to make their way to Canada and attempt to cross into the US if they feel unsatisfied with their life in Canada.

Another contributing factor is the increasing barriers placed on migrants by Canada, according to Frantz André, an immigration consultant. He suggests migrants believe they may have better chances of working without papers in the US.

The surge in asylum seekers has also raised concerns in major cities like New York. Mayor Eric Adams warned the influx could ‘destroy’ the city and pleaded with the federal government to intervene.

He estimates that the crisis will cost the city over $4 billion this fiscal year, an amount equivalent to the budgets for the city’s sanitation, fire, and parks departments combined.

This situation underscores the urgent need for effective border security measures. As the number of migrants crossing the US-Canada border continues to rise, it is clear this issue requires immediate attention and decisive action.

This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.

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