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Refugees rush for U.S.-Canadian border

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 01:00

Canadian police have bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and border authorities have created a temporary refugee center to process a growing number of asylum seekers crossing from the United States. Chris Dignam reports.

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Canadian police bolstering their presence on the border with the United States, as more and more migrants who fear deportation under President Trump race north for asylum. This week, Reuters witnessed Royal Canadian Mounted Police take in a family of immigrants for questioning. The Canada Border Services Agency says the number of people making refugee claims at Quebec-U.S. border crossings more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Last month, the number of refugees trying to cross more than tripled compared to January of 2016. Canada's policy - under its agreement with the U.S. - is to turn back refugees if they make claims at its border crossings. But as U.S. President Donald Trump cracks down on illegal immigrants, Amnesty International and refugee advocacy groups are pressuring the Canadian government to abandon the agreement, arguing the United States is no safe haven.

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Refugees rush for U.S.-Canadian border

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 01:00