Emergency trailer set up for asylum-seekers

Posted March 05, 2017

Manitoba RCMP said Saturday they have come into contact with 183 people entering into Manitoba somewhere other than a border crossing so far in 2017.

"It is critically important for us to make sure that it is strong and secure".

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is set to visit the Canadian capital Ottawa early this month for talks on the border and the influx of people, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Under the agreement, refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in - meaning would-be claimants arriving at an official border crossing from the USA would be turned back. Once in Canada, they were detained, and driven off for processing.

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Amid calls for stepped-up enforcement along the border, Goodale has said existing resources were being shifted around as required.

Canada's justice and immigration ministries were also represented, as well as the federal public prosecution service and police from the province of Quebec, destination for many asylum-seekers.

Under the terms of the Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement, the illegals can be sent back to the USA if they try to cross at an official border crossing and have already been classified as refugees there.

As of February 13, some 3,800 people had made an asylum claim in 2017, up from the same period past year, said a federal government official.

The number of people crossing the border is expected to increase as the weather becomes warmer.