New federal numbers indicate some illegal border crossings are rising, but it's happening at America's northern border.
Customs and Border Protection stats show the number of people caught illegally crossing from Canada into the U.S. is up by nearly 1,300 over 2017. More than 960 people crossed into the U.S. illegally from Canada last fiscal year, a 91 percent increase over the previous year.
While the numbers pale in comparison to those coming across the southern border, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says the motivation is the same.
“There's an increasing number of Gypsies from Europe, Romania and elsewhere, who have gotten the news that if you bring a kid with you or if you have some kind of coached asylum story, you'll just be let go into the U.S.,” he says.
Smuggling rings do account for some of the illegal northern passages. One recent case being prosecuted had three Mexicans flying into Canada, then crossing into the U.S. illegally.
“Our lax policies driving this unprecedented flow from Central America are going to result in illegal immigration flows coming from other countries, and also increasingly across the Canadian border,” says Krikorian.
A majority of the illegal northern crossings are happening in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York.