The following editorial appeared in the Washington Times:

Canada is experiencing a sharp surge of illegal aliens, and they’re not just a few angry Hillary voters making good on their bluster about moving north if Donald Trump won the election.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a high old time needling America in January, tweeting, “To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith.” Thousands of the tired, the poor and the huddling miniature masses have taken him at his word. He’s offering not hospitality now, but quibbles.

Ottawa says Royal Canadian Mounted Police has intercepted 13,211 persons attempting to sneak into Canada from the United States this year, as of mid-September, including 5,712 in August alone. The August figure is twice the number intercepted in all of 2016.

The Canadian figures seem miniscule compared to the hundreds of thousands attempting to slip into Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas from Mexico every year. Relative to Canada’s population, however, the border is aswarm with prospective newcomers.

The population of the Great White North is about 36.3 million, or one-ninth of the numbers in the United States, which makes the 13,211 illegal aliens equivalent to 120,000 here.

The August figure of 5,712 was up 82 percent from the 3,300 the Mounties apprehended in July. The border jumpers often slip into Canada from Champlain, N.Y., into the Quebec town of Saint Bernard De Lacolle. Canadian officials are trying to dispel what they call “misinformation” that it’s easy for illegals to get in.