While the national conversation on illegal
A total of 983 people were caught while trying to cross into the U.S. from
The biggest source of the Northern spike originated at the Swanton border patrol sector, which runs along the edges of New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
This graph illustrates the annual trend in apprehensions of people illegally crossing into the U.S. from the northern border. Source: Customs and Border Protectoin
More than half (548 people – or 57 percent) of those apprehended in 2018 were caught along that border region.
Preliminary border data indicates that during the period from October 2017-January 2018, 465 people were apprehended on their way into the U.S. from Canada. A majority (294) were caught along the Swanton sector.
The efforts to sneak into the country from Canada are ‘very organized,’ Border Patrol Agent Richard Ross, told NBC News.
Ross, who runs the station in Newport, Vermont, which is part of the Swanton sector, said that some immigrants may believe it is ‘safer’ to fly to Canada and enter the U.S. from the North after Canada recently changed its immigration policy to allow those from countries like Mexico and Romania to enter without a visa.
‘I’d like people to understand that this is not an easy area to cross,’ Ross told NBC. ‘It’s not safe. It can be very dangerous, especially under the conditions we’re in right now, and it’s equally as difficult to cross here as it is the southern border.’
Overall, the crossings at the Canadian border are a small share compared to the 66,450 migrants who were apprehended in the month of February alone at the Southern U.S. border.
Donald Trump has used that figure as validation for his pursuit of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, although current figures remain below pre-recession levels.
It’s worth noting that nearly two-thirds of those apprehended at the Southern border are parents with children in tow, signalling more families are seeking to come to the U.S. without documentation.
Those families are overwhelmingly coming from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in South America – an area riddled with gang violence that is driving terrorized people to the U.S.