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Surge in border cross­ings: Canada is fac­ing an in­flux of refugees who are en­ter­ing the coun­try from the U.S. and us­ing a le­gal loop­hole to seek asy­lum. Be­cause the U.S. is con­sid­ered a safe coun­try, asy­lum seek­ers who try to en­ter Canada at of­fi­cial border cross­ings are sup­posed to be turned back. But un­der the loop­hole, those who cross il­le­gally must have their asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions con­sid­ered. As the U.S. tight­ened its im­mi­gra­tion rules, some 20,000 refugees walked across the border last year—a ten­fold rise over 2016. The gov­ern­ment is now con­sid­er­ing clos­ing the loop­hole. Cana­di­ans have “al­ways pat­ted them­selves on the back for be­ing very open to im­mi­gra­tion,” said Irene Bloem­raad, a Canada ex­pert at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, but now they re­al­ize “it’s not so easy.”

Head­ing north

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