People Are Fleeing America For Canada And Getting Arrested

Asylum-seekers are hopping the border.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

People are increasingly fleeing the United States. According to the New York Timesthere has been a surge of people looking for asylum, crossing the border into Canada illegally and getting arrested. Although the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not release specific numbers, they did share that the largest migration is occurring to Quebec. Families and individuals from countries including Sudan and Turkey have hopped the border hoping to enter Canada.

Authorities aren't sure what's causing the uptick but it's interesting that this issue follows President Donald Trump's travel ban, targeting immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. “It might be one of the reasons,” said Cpl. François Gagnon, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Canadian police are treating the asylum-seekers as they would other criminals. “It is a criminal activity to cross the border illegally,” Gagnon said. “It is the same as when I arrest a drunk driver on the road. We are going to do it for security purposes.”

As for how the immigrants are treated, they are handcuffed with the exception of women and children. "Based on risk assessment, we are not going to handcuff women and children. This is a new humanitarian thing for us, as well. Those people have been through a lot and we don’t want to put more pressure on them.”

Read more about the migration issue here.

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