The RCMP has spent more than $6.6 million over the past two years to process asylum-seeking migrants at Canada’s busiest illegal border crossing in Lacolle, Que., documents show.
The bulk of the money is for overtime and maintaining a satellite office, but funds have also been spent on buses to transport the migrants, as well as diapers, baby food and car seats.
According to federal data, RCMP members apprehended 19,419 asylum seekers last year who had entered Canada between official ports of entry. The vast majority of apprehensions — 18,518 — were along the Quebec-U.S. border. That number was only marginally lower than the 2017 total of 18,836.