Canada officials want to make it clear for would-be immigrants looking to cross the US-Canada border that they should do so legally.
According to Newsweek, Randy Boissonnault, an adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to spread the message amid a surge of immigrants in the U.S crossing illegally into Canada, mostly via the Quebec province.
Boissonnault told USA Today, quote, “People seem to think that if they cross the border there’s this land of milk and honey on the other side.”
In August alone, Royal Canadian police caught more than 5,000 mostly Haitian immigrants trying to cross in the country.
The ending of the U.S’s Temporary Protected Status has made Canada the closest destination for people fleeing war and natural disasters.
And even though the Canadian government and the Canadian people are very supportive of taking in refugees, fewer people crossing the border are being granted refugee status.