BORDER AGENTS DIVERTED TO HELP WITH ASYLUM INFLUX
Border security officers are being diverted from across Canada to help with an anticipated spike in the number of asylum seekers crossing into Quebec. The Canada Border Services Agency has sent memos to members across the country advising them that agents from other regions will be sent to Quebec to alleviate pressures caused by the influx of refugee claimants coming across the Canada-u.s. border at unofficial entry points. The diverted CBSA officers will be stationed in Quebec from May 28 to Sept. 16. The RCMP intercepted 7,612 refugee claimants between January and April this year — more than the number who crossed the border irregularly in the same period last year — and officials are preparing for a spike over the warm summer months.