Growing number of refugees from United States arriving in Canada

Saturday, 12 Aug, 2017

The back road crossing, with no official border post, near Champlain, New York, and Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, has seen thousands of people, mostly Haitians residing in the United States, come by taxi and other conveyences to try to illegally enter Canada.

Canadian officials told the AP they estimated 400 illegals crossed the border at the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle this Sunday alone.

In the first half of 2017, more than 4,300 asylum seekers walked across the United States border into Canada.

"It is summer, but the nights are cool sometimes, so we want to give these people comfort", he said.

Since the start of the year, the numbers of asylum seekers entering Canada from the U.S. has risen sharply.

Nearly 100 troops have been deployed to begin setting up heated tents in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolleto, about 40 miles south of Montreal, and directly across the border from Chaplain, New York.

Daniel Le Bouthillier, a spokesman at the Department of National Defence, said the Canadian Armed Forces were aware of the hard situation that requires significant resources.

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The number of Haitians fearing expulsion from the United States has surged in recent weeks on Canada's southern border, with requests for asylum tripling since mid-July, officials say. All but a few will return to their home base once the site is completed. "Its staff will not participate in law enforcement tasks and will not assist civil authorities in the conduct of their law enforcement duties".

Among the new shelters now available is the old Royal Victoria Hospital, which will be able to house about 320 people. 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.

He said the wait is two to three days and there are now no beds, just benches and chairs.

Rodrigue said the visit was to show asylum seekers "the Haitian people and government are with them, are behind them and don't forget about them".

In May, then-head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Gen. John Kelly, extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for some 59,000 Haitians affected by the catastrophic 2010 hurricane in Haiti-but only by six months, rather than the typical 18-month extension.

Most of those crossing into Canada in recent days are Haitians who have been living in the USA for years, according to Canadian officials.

The Trudeau government ended its own TPS designation for Haitians previous year, inviting its 3,200 holders to apply for residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.