The deal, which is set to be announced Friday by President Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the two leaders meet in Ottawa, will allow Canada to turn back immigrants at Roxham Road, a popular unofficial crossing point from New York for migrants seeking asylum in Canada.
In exchange, Canada has agreed to provide a new, legal refugee program for 15,000 migrants who are fleeing violence, persecution and economic devastation in South and Central America, the official said, lessening the pressure of illegal crossings into the United States from Mexico.
Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Michael D. Shear and Ian AustenU.S. and Canada Reach an Agreement on Diverting Asylum Seekers
The deal, reached just before President Biden arrived in Canada for an official visit, allows both countries to minimize illegal immigration at a time when it has surged.