Trudeau to Press Biden on New York-Quebec Border as Migrants Flow In
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he and Joe Biden will discuss stemming the flow of irregular migration into Canada when the US President visits Ottawa next month.
Trudeau has been under pressure over the increasing number of asylum seekers entering from the US at a border crossing not far from Champlain, New York. It’s about 40 miles south of Montreal.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault has said his province doesn’t have the capacity to handle the influx of migrants right now, and wrote a letter to Trudeau asking him to press the issue with Biden. There were nearly 5,000 asylum claims in Quebec in January, according to federal data — far more than any other Canadian province.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trudeau said he has already raised the matter in direct conversations with Biden, and the president “understands that it is a priority for Canada.”
“This will be a conversation that we will continue to have with the US administration, including during the visit later next month,” Trudeau said in French. Canada and the US have not yet confirmed dates for the visit.
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