Human smuggling increasing on U.S. northern border

Jul 25, 2018

The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but there's increasing concern over the growing number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the northern border with Canada.

While officials say the numbers of people crossing are relatively small, in a sector that covers 300 miles of border with New York, Vermont and New Hampshire, border agents have apprehended 324 people who crossed illegally from Canada so far this fiscal year, compared with 165 in all of 2017.

U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan says the number of illegal crossings in Vermont, in particular, has "skyrocketed."

Officials say the increase is driven by ease of entry of Mexicans into Canada, where no visa is required, and a border that receives less scrutiny and resources than the southern border.