Though the number of such claimants rose during former US president Barack Obama's increased deportations, they've skyrocketed under current President Donald Trump, with the army now setting up tents for thousands in Quebec.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday there is no advantage for asylum seekers who evade border checkpoints to cross into the country from the United States. "You must follow the rules and there are many".
In recent weeks, asylum-seekers arrived in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.
Canada completely lifted its own protected status for Haitians a year ago.
Most of those seeking refugee status are Haitians afraid of deportation from the US if the Trump administration lifts the temporary protected status that was put in place after the 2010 natural disaster.
It was granted after the 2010 quake, but now the Department of Homeland Security considers Haiti to be a safe country.
The Trump administration has been increasingly signaling that it may end the status for Haitians in January.
Shift around border guards, RCMP officers and immigration officials.
Canada feels it is duty-bound to accept the responsibility of asylum seekers as a part of its humanitarian service.
Children run between rows and rows of the military green tents as their parents line up to speak with immigration officials and file refugee claims.
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The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting almost 7,000. "I think there's a fear factor that people are experiencing, and it's going to be this way for a while".
The U.S. invited Canada to join its continental missile-shield system more than a decade ago, but then-prime minister Paul Martin opted against it in 2005 following an extremely divisive national debate.
He said he is afraid that he might be sent back to Haiti, adding, "It would be unsafe".
The government is also deploying immigration officials to Cornwall, Ontario, to be able to do "on-site" eligibility hearings, Hussen said. But a 1951 United Nations agreement prohibits countries, including Canada, from prosecuting or deporting people who make an asylum claim after illegally crossing outside of border posts.
Ultra-nationalist and other right-wing and anti-immigration groups have become increasingly vocal in the province, and have demanded the federal and provincial governments stop welcoming border crossers.
Joining ballistic missile defence would not only create that obligation, Dallaire said, but also act as a deterrent should North Korea or any other country use Canada as a "proxy target" for the U.S.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel has deeply criticised the Trudeau government's handling of the migrant situation in Quebec saying: "This is a troubling pattern where we're seeing people with criminal records or involved in criminal activity come across the border".
But Dallaire predicted the issue will resurface again in earnest when the US and Canada begin discussions around upgrading Norad in the coming months and years to better defend North America.
Thousands of newly arrived migrants have therefore been lining the streets in Montreal, queuing up outside an Immigration Canada office. "Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada". "Just walk right in, the streets are paved gold and get a job, '" said Paul Clarke, the executive director of Action Réfugiés Montréal, which works with refugees seeking asylum in Canada.