Friday, February 24, 2023

Illegal Crossings at Northern Border ‘historic’: Agents Worry About Entries from Canada in Dead of Winter; Quebec Tells Eric Adams to Stop Buying NY Migrants Bus Tickets

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP
Illegal crossings at northern border ‘historic’:
Agents worry about entries from Canada in dead of winter
Temperatures may have dipped to below zero along the U.S.-Canada border last month, but the pace of illegal immigration was overheated as people poured across the less-protected northern boundary.
The Border Patrol’s Swanton sector, which covers New Hampshire, Vermont and the northern tip of New York and is generally the most active region in the north, said Monday that it’s running at “historic” levels of detected illegal crossings.
Agents there nabbed more people last month than in the previous 12 Januaries combined.
“As we progress deeper into winter and continue to address the ongoing pace of illicit cross-border traffic, the level of concern for the lives and welfare of our Border Patrol Agents and those we are encountering — particularly vulnerable populations — continues to climb,” said Robert N. Garcia, chief patrol agent in the Swanton sector.
Among those his agents have nabbed are families with infants.
Days earlier, Customs and Border Protection released data showing that while the situation at the southern border has cooled from catastrophe to chaos, the northern boundary remains at record levels.
Agents in Swanton nabbed 367 unauthorized migrants in January and topped 1,500 dating to Oct. 1, which marked the start of fiscal 2023. That’s already more than all of 2022 for the sector.
Across the entire northern border, agents have encountered more than 2,200 illegal immigrants so far this fiscal year, about equal to all of last year --->READ MORE HERE
Dennis A. Clark
Quebec tells Eric Adams to stop buying NY migrants bus tickets:
The government of Canada’s second-most populated province is demanding that Mayor Eric Adams “immediately” stop helping migrants illegally enter the Great White North, as recently revealed by The Post.
“Any form of assistance to migrants crossing the border where it is strictly forbidden to do so should stop immediately,” a spokesperson for Quebec Premier Francois Legault said.
“We understand that the situation of migrants in New York poses major challenges, but the situation in Quebec and particularly in Montreal is even worse and constitutes an important humanitarian issue.”
Earlier this month, The Post exclusively reported that Adams was using taxpayer funds to get bus tickets for migrants in the Big Apple to travel upstate to Plattsburgh.
From there, migrants take taxis and vans to a cul-de-sac at the end of Roxham Road in Champlain, where they walk across the border and surrender to Canadian Mounties to seek asylum, as The Post documented on Feb. 5.
As many as 250 migrants use the Roxham Road crossing to illegally enter Canada each day, with nearly all of them settling in Montreal, Quebec’s biggest city, Legault spokesperson Ewan Sauves said.
The situation has overwhelmed Montreal’s ability to provide housing and other public services, with the flood of new students alone equivalent to the opening of 13 new schools, he said.
Last year, 39,161 people used Roxham Road to illegally enter Canada, comprising 99.1% of all such border crossings, Sauves said.
By comparison, the latest figures released by City Hall on Monday showed that officials have processed more than 45,600 migrants since the spring, with about 29,100 housed in 91 emergency shelters as of Sunday. --->READ MORE HERE
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