New figures reveal feds spend over $270M on irregular border crossers

New figures show the federal government spent more than 270-million dollars on irregular border crossers over the last year and a half.

The figures were requested by parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette in early July, and were recently released to members of the immigration committee.

All four agencies involved in dealing with irregular migration submitted amounts they have spent every month since early 2017.

The Canada Border Services Agency, which manages border security, says it spent about 54.5 million dollars between April 2017 and June 2018.

The Immigration Department spent over 117-million dollars since early 2017 and the R-C-M-P says it has spent more than 7.3-million since June 2017.

The Immigration and Refugee Board, an arms-length agency that adjudicates refugee claims and appeals, began tracking irregular migrants in February 2017.

Since then, the agency has spent just under 17-million dollars to process 18-thousand claims in 2017 and 11-thousand-760 claims so far this year.