A new agreement between US and Canada to stop asylum seekers at unofficial border crossings has become effective.
As a result, any migrant caught crossing the 3,145 miles (5,060km) border illegally will now be returned.
What’s important to note here is that countless unsanctioned crossings through Roxham Road at the US-Canada border have been reported in the past.
However, the new agreement eliminates the loophole migrants could use to claim asylum at unofficial ports of entry.
In case you are wondering, Roxham Road is an unofficial crossing between the province of Quebec and New York State, and the new agreement is expected to stop asylum seekers from using it to cross the border.
Last year, the majority of 40,000 migrants who entered Canada came through Roxham Road.
Don’t forget Canada has also decided to introduce a new refugee program for 15,000 migrants trying to escape violence and persecution in South and Central America.
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