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Trudeau Government: Cash Infusion and June Minister

trudeau government: That was the third consecutive month of decreases in irregular migrant arrivals and the lowest monthly number since June 2017, according to Toronto Star. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen speaks to reporters outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill on May 31. Newly published federal data shows 1,019 irregular migrants were apprehended by the RCMP crossing into Canada between official border crossings last month. Hussen's press secretary Mathieu Genest says the board will be able to hire 248 new staff over the next two years, including 64 new decision-makers, thanks to this year's cash infusion from the Trudeau government. Of the 34,854 irregular migrant claims that have been referred to the IRB, less than one quarter of them have been finalized. PATRICK DOYLE / THE CANADIAN PRESS But while the number arriving irregularly via nonofficial entry points may be on a downward trend, the Immigration and Refugee Board IRB the arms-length agency that adjudicates refugee claims has struggled to keep pace with the number of new cases being added to its backlog of files. ( As reported in the news.