More Than 13,000 Fake Refugees Intercepted by RCMP Trying to Cross into Canada This Year
OTTAWA -- New figures released today show the number of asylum seekers arriving at the Canada-U.S.. border almost doubled last month.
The latest data shows 5,712 people were stopped by the RCMP in August, up from 3,134 in July.
More than 5,550 of those encounters were in Quebec, but British Columbia also registered a small surge of its own, with numbers there doubling from 51 people stopped in July to 102 in August.
Keep in mind the majority of these people are fleeing arrest and deportation in the United States. They are not fleeing a war, environmental disaster or anything but deportation. Many don't care if they are eventually deported from Canada because they can receive welfare, free housing and healthcare for potentially years while they wait to have their cases heard.
One asylum seeker CTV interviewed complained that the welfare offered was not enough to cover things like car insurance and costly cell phone bills. Others have been caught with child porn or have been found to have very serious criminal records.
Some have taken flights to the border and some have paid for cab rides costing hundreds of dollars. In total, 13,211 people have been intercepted by the RCMP in between official points of entry since the start of the year.
The vast majority came to Canada in search of asylum, although at this point it is unknown how many have actually filed claims.
But the latest statistics show that asylum claims being lodged in Canada continue to rise as well -- 4,905 were filed in August, compared to just over 4,000 in July.