Refugees who crossed the Canada/US border illegally. Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

Canadian officials have begun traveling to the U.S. to educate immigrants about the immigration process in Canada, warning that "they can't simply rush north of the border to find safe haven" after President Trump's immigration crackdown, USA Today reports.

The big picture: In August, more than 5,500 people were caught trying to illegally cross into Canada from the U.S., but only 8% of asylum applications have been approved, per USA Today. Canada has been increasing the number of immigrants it accepts annually, aiming to bring in 340,000 by 2020, but special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Randy Boissonnault, said "if you cross the border illegally, you will be breaking the law. You will be apprehended."

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Scoop: Secret Israel-Sudan contacts paved the way for deal sealed by Trump

Trump on the phone with the leaders of Sudan and Israel. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty

While the U.S. officially brokered the Israel-Sudan normalization deal, it was Israel that facilitated talks between the U.S. and Sudan on the broader deal that included Sudan’s removal from America’s state sponsors of terrorism list.

Why it matters: Israel’s secret contacts with Sudanese officials paved the way for a deal that was nearly a year in the making.

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Trump's testing czar: COVID surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests

Assistant Secretary of Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who leads the federal government's coronavirus testing response, pushed back on Wednesday against President Trump's continued claims that rising coronavirus cases are a product of increased testing.

The big picture: Every available piece of data shows that the pandemic is getting worse again across the country. Hospitalizations are on the rise — and some hospitals are warning that they could soon be overwhelmed — while 13 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day.