TORONTO (AP) — The number of border crossers entering Canada illegally from the U.S. rose from June to July, but remains sharply below the pace of last summer.
Canada's immigration department said this week the Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted 1,634 migrants last month. That's up from 1,263 in June but far below the 3,134 caught in July 2017 or the record 5,712 in August last year — part of a surge that strained Canada's immigration system.
Officials say the drop is likely due to their warnings that winning asylum isn't as easy as some believed and many crossing the border illegally won't be allowed to stay.
Canadian officials say economic reasons are not grounds for asylum.