More immigrants head across United States border to Canada

Officials in the Manitoba town of Emerson said another 29 asylum-seekers walked over the border there from the USA over the weekend.

It's been noted that the number of refugees fleeing the US for Canada has spiked since President Trump took office. Forty-eight percent said they supported "increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally", while 50 percent of Americans support "increasing the deportation of illegal immigrants", according to a United States version of the poll conducted the same week. Canadian border authorities detained 444 Mexican nationals between January 1 and March 8, according to the Canada Border Services Agency via Reuters.

-Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has governed on a platform that has garnered worldwide praise by refugee advocates for its welcoming stance.

In February, Trudeau said again that the country will keep accepting illegal border crossers from the U.S.

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Almost half of Canadian adults were for having undocumented immigrants deported from their country, while some opposed the way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was handling their illegal entry, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday. Comparing to many countries, we have had far fewer asylum seekers.

By contrast, 2,145 people crossed at official land border ports of entry and made refugee claims during the same period, including 1,085 in Quebec, 905 in Ontario, 80 in Manitoba, and 35 each in Alberta and British Columbia. A large minority of the Canadians asked about these immigrants said the illegal border crossers are making their country "less safe".

Forty-six per cent said illegal immigration makes no difference to Canada's safety, while 41 per cent felt it would make the country less safe.

"Illegal border crossings are increasing with no end in sight", she said.

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The RCMP are responsible for intercepting anyone who enters the country illegally - that is, without first presenting to border authorities.

At least 36% believe that Canada should accept migrants coming from the U.S. and allow them to apply for refugee status. "People understood the reception in Canada was not going to be as welcoming as in the past", said Rehaag, who specializes in immigration and refugee law. 37% said they agreed with government's current immigration policy.

A similar Ipsos poll from January showed that 59 percent of Canadians supported the prime minister's approach to the issue.

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