Mexican migrants trade the deserts of the southern border for the snowy forests of northern New York and Vermont to enter the US through a dangerous back door

  • Local authorities are calling for more support at the US-Canada border, according to a new report from NBC News.
  • There has been an increase in illegal border crossing from Canada into the northeastern US in recent months.
  • Snow covered cross-border travel is dangerous as people are in danger of freezing to death.

Local authorities on the northern US border are calling for more support after an influx of migrants crossing from Canada into remote parts of upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

Earlier this month, federal border officials added 25 patrol agents to the snowy border region to “help deter and disrupt people smuggling activities in the sector,” a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said. . it’s a statement. according The Associated Press.

In order to overcome the busy and Dangerous journey north of the Mexican borderMexican officials said the migrants and asylum seekers would fly into Mexico into Canada and head south, according to CNN.

While migrants are risking their lives in the barren and barren region of the US-Mexico border, the journey south from Quebec to the Northeast US is equally dangerous, as people are in danger of Freeze to death in bitter weather.

A Clinton County, New York, sheriff told NBC News that his team helped Border Patrol rescue 39 migrants last week, some of whose clothes had frozen to their bodies.

“We’re seeing more and more people, and it can be deadly terrain if you’re not familiar with it,” Sheriff David Favro said in an exclusive report published by NBC News on Friday.

Favro said the 25 federal agents added to the area, known as the Swanton Sector, is not enough, given the icy and wild conditions and the amount of ground that must be covered.

This Feb. 10, 2020 photo shows the US Border Patrol Swanton Sector headquarters in Swanton, Vt.

In this Feb. 10, 2020 photo, the US Border Patrol Swanton Sector headquarters is shown in Swanton, Vt. Law enforcement authorities say a Mexican immigrant who had just entered the United States illegally from Canada collapsed and later died after being confronted by Border Patrol agents in a remote section of the US-Canada border in northern Vermont.

Wilson Ring/Associated Press

Other local officials told the news outlet that they recently helped rescue a Mexican woman who was later treated for frostbite and hypothermia.

Last month, in the dead of winter, a man from mexico died after making the frigid journey from Quebec to Vermont.

Agents have apprehended more people crossing into the US from Canada in the last five months than in the last three fiscal years combined. according to a US Border Patrol Swanton Sector statement.

The total number of people apprehended along the entire northern border this fiscal year is 2,227, a small fraction of the people apprehended along the US-Mexico border, 762,383 people, during that same period, according to Associated Press.

The increase in illegal border crossings between Quebec and parts of New England has requested calls for talks between President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make changes to immigration policy.

In recent years, migrants and asylum seekers have also tried to go the other way. Thousands have tried to leave the United States for Canada in the same rural region, particularly under the hardline immigration policies of the Trump administration, Insider previously reported.

The Safe Third Country Agreement is a legal agreement between the US and Canada whereby those seeking refugee status must apply in the first country they arrive. Trudeau recently asked for a renegotiation of the agreement as the number of migrants at the US-Canada border increases.

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