When we recently checked in on Canada, the government had dispatched troops to an extremely popular yet illegal border crossing — so that they could assist in setting up a tent city to handle the huge number of people fleeing the United States.

It’s important that they cross illegally; otherwise, they’ll be sent back and be expected to apply for asylum in the United States. Theoretically, at least, refugees don’t get to try out different countries and pick the one in which they’d prefer to stay indefinitely.

But the numbers recently are staggering, and U.S. News reported Wednesday that more than 80 percent of the thousands of asylum-seekers entering Quebec at the Roxham Road crossing are Haitians who face deportation anyway.

The Miami Herald reported this week that Canadian officials want to know who is telling Haitians where to cross and how, often through Facebook posts and WhatsApp messages.

“It’s not true that Canada is wide open,” said Canada’s only Haiti-born parliamentarian, Emmanuel Dubourg, whom Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recent dispatched to Miami to look into it. “Crossing the border…is no free pass.”

U.S. News reports:

The U.S. shielded more than 50,000 Haitians from deportation after the devastating 2010 earthquake that left 300,000 people dead. But senior Department of Homeland Security officials said in May that conditions in Haiti are improving and the program could be suspended in January 2018. The DHS memo encouraged Haitians to prepare to return home if their protected status is not extended.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says not to blame him for pointing thousands of Haitians to Trudeau’s back doorstep.

Here’s the reason for the northward migration of 2017:

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