In July, nearly 3,000 asylum seekers from the US walked across the border into Quebec, and in the first two weeks of August, nearly 4,000 did the same thing.
Prime minster Trudeau even has to issue a statement to warn Americans that the same rules will apply to everyone and that crossing the border illegally will not speed up the process of obtaining refugee status.
The government says that this flow of asylum seekers is unprecedented, but that government is dealing with it, and that anyone who seeks refugee status will have to go through a thorough screening process. Trudeau also mentioned that if asylum seekers can be deported to their country of origin if they enter Canada illegally.
Still, many people are determines to cross into Canada, as you can see in this video. They are literally packing up their suitcases and walking across the border.
In a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, over half of Quebec respondents said that Canada should reach a vaccination rate of at least 75% before opening the U.S. border.
With many Canadians already envisioning a life post-COVID-19, the poll found that a "vast majority (69%)" are willing to wait it out until "at least three-quarters" of the country are fully vaccinated before opening the border to travel.
Only 22% of Canadians would be willing to open the Canada-U.S. border immediately, according to the survey.
Thirty-five percent of Quebec respondents agreed that the country should wait until over 75% of the population has two vaccine doses. Thirty-seven percent agreed that having 75% of the population fully vaccinated is adequate.
Only 20% of Quebec respondents agreed that the borders should open immediately.
Respondents in Alberta and Saskatchewan were the most interested in welcoming back Americans, according to the poll, as 42% and 30% of respondents, respectively, want the border to open immediately.
Video shared by United States Customs and Border Protection agency (USCBP) Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia shows a car driving into the United States from Quebec by taking an illegal shortcut across a library lawn that straddles the international boundary.
The Haskell Free Library, which famously sits between Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, has become a symbol of the divided border community.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) seized "approximately 112.5 kg of suspected cocaine" from a truck they say was driven by a Quebec resident as he entered Canada from the United States at Fort Erie, Ontario.
According to a press release, "the CBSA arrested Pardeep Singh, and transferred him and the suspected cocaine under the custody of RCMP officers" following the discovery on June 15.
The 24-year-old LaSalle resident was charged with "Importation of a controlled substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act."
The CBSA estimated that the street value of the apparent cocaine was $14 million.
"This large drug seizure and the investigation that ensued resulting in an individual being charged is another example of the RCMP and the CBSA working together to protect our communities by preventing illegal drugs from reaching our streets," Superintendent Shawn Boudreau, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Border Integrity Program, O Division, said.
"On Wednesday, our border with Ontario will reopen. We are counting on the collaboration of Ontario visitors so that they comply with the health rules in force in the various zones of Quebec," Guilbault wrote in a Twitter post.