Border officials brace for spike in asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada

With warmer weather around the corner, border officials are prepping for another spike in asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally.

So far this year, more than 54-hundred people have crossed the U-S-Canada border irregularly, including over 600 asylum seekers who came in through Quebec over the Easter weekend.

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says Canada is an open and welcoming country, but the government is committed to orderly migration, to protect Canadians and our immigration system.

The Immigration Department and the Canada Border Services Agency are pledging new money to help address backlogs in processing times for refugee claims and to cut work permit wait times for asylum seekers in Quebec.

Many of the most recent migrants crossing illegally into Canada have been Nigerian, suggesting word-of-mouth about Canada as a safe haven has continued to spread despite efforts to counter it.