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By Kerry Sanders, Ezra Kaplan and Daniella Silva
DERBY LINE, Vermont – More than 960 people entered the US illegally from the northern border to Canada last year , according to information released from Customs and Border Protection.
While that number is a small part compared to the migration across the border to Mexico, an increase of 91
The trump administration's rhetoric on border security has largely ended up in the southern border, which has seen an influx of thousands of families with children from Central America seeking asylum in the United States.
But officials have also seen an increase in illegal crossings on the northern border during the last fiscal year, according to the data. During the financial year 2017, immigration agents showed 504 persons who illegally passed from Canada, compared to 963 during the fiscal year 2018. Border patrol data showed.
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A large proportion of that nail came from the border patrols in Swanton – along the border of New Hampshire, Vermont and New York – where agents grabbed 548 people in 2018, up from 165 in 2017.  Preliminary data from October to January show 465 remissions from Canada, with 294 in the Swanton sector.
Border Patrol Agent Richard Ross, who runs the border patrol station in Newport, Vermont, part of the Swanton sector, told NBC News that he was badly "definitely trending up". He added that the type of anxiety agents saw was "very organized", sometimes with the help of smuggling organizations.
Ross said he believed there might be an idea that traveling from Canada was "safer" and the increase can be attributed to the recent immigration changes in Canada that allow them from certain countries, such as Mexico and Romania, to enter without a visa.
He said that some immigrants who want to enter the United States illegally can pay a few hundred dollars for a flight to Canada, pay a small electronic travel payment fee and enter the United States.
Some smuggling agencies "took advantage of the fact that there is a simpler way to do it legally in Canada, and then it provides some clientele and then smuggles into the United States," he said.
Ross said he had encountered instances of immigrants who were deceived into Canada with the promise of employment. When they arrive and there are no jobs, they become "ready-made clientele" for smugglers who charge them thousands of dollars.
"I would like people to understand that this is not easy to cross. It is not certain It can be very dangerous, especially under the conditions we are in now, and it is just as difficult to cross here as it is the southern border, Ross said.
Immigration, refugees and citizenship Canada did not respond immediately to request a comment, but a spokesman told the Associated Press in July that visa changes have had a minimal impact on the border.
Erique Gasse, a spokesman For the Royal Canadian Police in Montreal, NBC News told him he could not comment on what happened on the US side when asked for a response to the rise of the latest vapors.
"F r us, I am not aware that there is a trend for it, "he added. "We patrol along the border, if we see any cross-border from Canada to the United States, we will talk to our colleagues in [U.S. Border Patrol] but by the way, what happens in the US we do not have control over it, so unfortunately I can not say more than that. "
The RCMP has previously told CBC News that it cannot stop Mexican citizens from exiting Canada because it was not illegal for them to come to Canada in the first place.
"The smuggling is the crime – or helping cross", the RCMP Sgt. Camille Habel told CBC News in July. "That's what we're investigating."
"Recently, we have seen cases where there would be a single individual who helped a group of individuals who want to cross," she added.
Kerry Sanders and Ezra Kaplan reported from Derby Line, Vermont. Daniella Silva reported from New York.