Forty people were caught illegally crossing the international border near Pembina between Tuesday and Friday this past week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a Saturday statement. The announcement comes amid a recent uptick in refugees crossing the U.S.-Canada border.
Information on the 40 people “intercepted” by Canadian authorities was not included in the release, and the statement said “no further details on age or countries of origin will be provided.” Canadian officials did not immediately respond to messages requesting additional information.
The release stated Manitoba authorities have caught 183 people illegally crossing the border since Jan 1.
The announcement by Canadian officials comes amid an uptick in refugees seeking asylum at the U.S.-Canada border. Welcome Place, a refugee agency in Manitoba, resettled 91 people claiming refugee status between Nov. 1 and late January, according to a Reuters report, which is more than a typical year’s worth.