Quebec government to give update on asylum seekers

Posted August 10, 2017

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

Nearly 100 troops will be used to set up the camp site, which will consist of "modular tent shelters with lighting and heating and may temporarily accomodate close to 500 people", Department of National Defence spokesperson Evan Koronewski told CTV Montreal in an email.

Officials in Montreal have opened a new temporary shelter for asylum seekers in a building that once housed a convent, and said on Monday the city has received a demand to open even more spaces for migrants crossing the Canadian border. The residence will be able to house roughly 300 people.

Since late July, more than 2,500 Haitians have fled the United States seeking asylum in Canada, crossing the border into the Francophone province of Quebec.

The military said the soldiers won't play a role in security and won't be helping with law enforcement.

Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone. All but a few will return to their home base once the site is completed.

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"There's the United States; this is Canada".

But U.S. President Donald Trump said he would end the protection when the term runs out in January and about 50,000 Haitians may be deported.

The migrants fear the U.S.is becoming less welcoming and have made a decision to try their luck seeking asylum in Canada.

It will take about two or three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 asylum applications.

Many Haitians who had been living in Canada for years have since raced to get permanent residency on humanitarian or compassionate grounds.