Border Security is Important to Canada

Canada to set up border camp as number of asylum seekers swells

Canada Border Services Agency spokesman Patrick Lefort told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation there was now a backlog of asylum seekers at Roxham Road, a popular crossing point near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec.

With the Trump administration's immigration crackdown this has led thousands of asylum seekers to cross the border through unofficial crossings such as the Roxham Road in St-Bernard-de-Lacolle. Military personnel will not participate in security matters, the armed forces said, and most of the soldiers will return to their home bases once the camp is built.

Francine Dupuis, who oversees a Quebec government-funded program that helps asylum seekers, said 2,620 people are now being housed in temporary accommodation in Montreal.

"Around 250 asylum seekers are arriving each day in Montreal, the largest city in Canada's mainly French-speaking province of Quebec", Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Canada's Third Safe Country agreement with the USA means that most asylum seekers who attempt to cross at legal border crossings are turned away because the considered a safe country. The stadium is now being used as a temporary shelter for some of the hundreds of asylum claimants pouring across the New York-Quebec border every day.

According to the agency it may take up to three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 applications for asylum. A few will stay on to maintain equipment.

Numerous recent refugee claimants crossing into Quebec are Haitians who have been living in America for years but now face deportation. In May, the Trump administration threatened to pull the plug on a longstanding humanitarian program, potentially exposing as many as 58,000 Haitians to deportation.

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump announced the end of a program that gave Haitian citizens temporary protection after the natural disaster in 2010.

In May, then-DHS Secretary John Kelly announced TPS for Haitians would be extended one more time, until January 2018, with a strong indication that this will be the final extension.

The Canadian military is building a camp to house refugees who have crossed the U.S. border, the BBC reported Wednesday. In 2016, refugee status was granted to roughly 50% of Haitians whose claims were considered, up slightly from the 40% success rate of applicants in 2015, according to Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board. Many have since applied for permanent residency but advocacy groups have warned that some have been deported to Haiti.



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