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Refugee Claimants Arrested On Quebec-New York Border

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MONTREAL — The RCMP are confirming they arrested four people who crossed illegally into Quebec Thursday near the New York border.

Cpl. Francois Gagnon says the migrants were arrested near Hemmingford, Que., as the province continues to see an influx of refugee claimants arriving from the U.S.

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A woman who told police that she and her family were from Sudan is taken into custody by a RCMP officer after illegally crossing the U.S.-Canada border on Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo: Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

Gagnon couldn't provide details on the latest border jumpers but says his officers intercept people every day who enter the province illegally.

He says most of them ask to claim refugee status and are taken to a nearby border station for processing.

Officials say a growing number of refugee claimants are crossing the U.S. border into Canada illegally, with the largest increase being recorded in Quebec.

The Canada Border Services Agency says 452 people made a refugee claim at Quebec land border crossings in January.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the people were arrested near the Vermont border. It was the New York-Quebec border.

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