Authorities Face Increase in Migrant Crossings From Canada

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( – The northern border is reportedly witnessing a developing crisis caused by an increase in the number of illegal border crossings from Canada into New York. The local sheriff is calling on US border police to send more manpower to handle the immigration crisis as the number of migrants has increased significantly over the last several months. Due to the weather conditions in the area, those who are traveling through that border have also been at risk of falling victim to dangerously low temperatures.

From Oct. 1 to the end of February, around 2,000 migrants traveled from Canada to New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York; last year there had been only 200 crossings during that time period. The migrants crossing through are predominantly from Mexico as they are allowed to go to Canada without a visa and from there, they can attempt to illegally cross the border in order to find their families and enter the U.S.

According to Clinton County, New York, Sheriff David Favro’s team, recently had to assist the Border Patrol with rescuing nearly 40 migrants, many of whom had their clothes frozen to them. Favro noted that there was an increase in the number of people that were on the border and that for those who did not know the terrain at the border, it could prove to be deadly.

He further added that the influx of migrants has also taxed the already depleted resources of the department. The Clinton County department has to manage the rural county which has a population of around 80,000 and has a 30-mile border with Quebec, a Canadian province.

Earlier in March, Customs and Border Protection sent along 25 agents in order to deal with migration. However, many officials and Favro all told NBC News in Mooers, New York that it was not enough.

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