Asylum seekers continue crossing into Canada despite coronavirus border shutdown

June 25, 2020

By Globe News |

Asylum seekers continue to cross the Canada-U.S. border despite the widespread closure that remains in effect to all but non-essential travel.

New statistics show 21 people were apprehended by the RCMP crossing into Canada from the U.S. in May, up from just six who were stopped in April.

That was the first full month of the historic shutdown of the border between the two countries in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The closure deal carved out exceptions for essential travel, but those who were hoping to come to Canada from the U.S. to claim refugee status were told they would be turned back to the U.S.

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