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Asylum seekers from US surge into Canada

Canadian authorities caught 887 asylum seekers crossing unlawfully into Canada

from the United States in March, nearly triple the number in January. This brings the total number of asylum seekers caught walking across the border to 1,860 so far this year. The new statistics suggest those numbers could rise further as the weather warms. Canada is on track to see the highest number of asylum claims in six years, given the pace of claims filed so far, as increasing numbers of people cross into Canada to make refugee claims in the wake of US President Donald Trump's election and his crackdown on refugees and migrants. "The majority of irregular migrants are holders of visas for the United States," according to a statement released Wednesday from the office of Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. "Canadian authorities are managing the increase in asylum seekers in a sound and measured way... To be clear - trying to slip across the border in an irregular manner is not a 'free' ticket to Canada."