Canada immigration: Why record asylum seekers are crossing U.S. border

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By Anna Mehler Paperny and Ted Hesson CHAMPLAIN, New York and WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bookseller Zulema Diaz fled her native Peru after being kidnapped, beaten and robbed, hoping to find safety in the United States. Instead, she said she experienced homelessness and sexual harassment as she worked off-the-books on a hospital cleaning crew. So when Diaz, 46, heard New York City was distributing free bus tickets, she said she hopped on a bus for Plattsburgh, a town close to the Canadian border, then took a taxi to the irregular crossing at Roxham Road to enter Canada and file an asylum claim. A s…

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