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More migrants seek asylum through reopened Canadian border

Migrants arrive at Roxham Road in Champlain, New York, to cross the border into Canada.-File...
Migrants arrive at Roxham Road in Champlain, New York, to cross the border into Canada.-File photo(WCAX)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:31 AM EST
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CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) - Migrants are once again seeking asylum in Canada after the country lifted a 20-month ban.

Many of the refugees take taxis and vans to a dead-end road in upstate New York to cross the border.

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, the U.S. and Canada refused entry to migrants seeking asylum.

Since November, fully vaccinated travelers have been able to enter both countries, but Canada went a step farther by reinstating a path to asylum.

Canada’s decision stands in marked contrast to the approach in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended indefinitely a similar restriction on the border with Mexico.

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