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Summer Influx: Border Crossings and Easter Weekend

summer influx: The union is raising huge concerns, he said, questioning how officials will cope with a summer influx given the number of asylum seekers already pouring into the country this spring, according to Vancouver Courier. He pointed to a spike in illegal border crossings over the Easter weekend. Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of Canada's Customs and Immigration Union, says the government's preparations for another wave of irregular migrants this summer consist largely of reallocating of staff from other areas of the country.article continues below Trending Stories Senior awarded 93K for fall into West Vancouver sidewalk hole Dianne Turner quietly exits role with the Vancouver School Board Vancouver Tenants Union 'encouraged' by formation of Rental Housing Task ForceVPD debuts new, four-legged members He warned Monday that it could lead to overworked border security staff and longer wait times at ports of entry across the country as the busy summer travelling season sets in. Approximately 600 people entered Canada illegally through Quebec over the four-day weekend. But Fortin said the opposite is happening, with the government not replacing every staffer who moves on. The union wants the government to commit to hiring more customs and immigration staff. ( As reported in the news.