The border officer’s union in Canada wants to beef up security along the United States border after 382 people made asylum claims at a single entry point in January and a further 200 entered illegally in the last week.
Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the Customs and Immigration Union, said he believes there are more illegal crossings taking place than officials are aware of.
One port in Quebec has experienced a particularly large number of asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants – the Saint Bernard Lacolle port near Montreal.
Fortin said that last week alone, at least 200 immigrants entered the country illegally near the Lacolle port. He said the influx began in November 2016 – the month Donald Trump was elected president.