On this blog page, we are posting information about our visits to the border at Roxham Road, USA side.
For more information about the purpose of these visits go to the news page.
We have also started to post our newsletters on the blog.
Sur ce blogue, nous affichons des informations sur nos visites à la frontière, Roxham Road, États Unis.
Pour plus d'info sur le but de ces visites allez sur la page nouvelles.Aussi, nous avons commencé à poster nos infolettres sur le blogue.
Sunday February 25th, 3.45 -5 pm : Roxham Road, USA
Another mild day. Seven people crossed into Canada (6 adults and one baby) including a single woman with a baby on her back. The RCMP did tell people to go to the Lacolle border but did not insist.
Sunday February 18th, 3.45 - 5.30 pm : Roxham Road, Champlain USA.
A mild day above freezing. A total of 16 (6 children and 10 adults) people crossed over into Canada. One person was from the Democratic Republic of Congo, several were from Nigeria and three were from Haiti. One Haitian woman told the RCMP officer that she had a friend in Canada and the officer told her to go to the Lacolle border because she would 'see her friend sooner'. Another officer was quite aggressive in her manner.
A damp cold day. Only eight people crossed into Canada today, including a Nigerian family with a baby and young boy, two young Haitian men and two other single men. The RCMP were polite and gave out the basic information to those preparing to cross.
Sunday, February 4th, 2018. 3.30 pm- 5pm. Roxham Road, USA.
A mild day. Only five people crossed into Canada. First came a Columbian family of four: young parents with two small children about 3 and 5 years old. Then came a single Nigerian man who said he had been living in the US for a while and he could not go back to his country and did not feel safe in the US. Everyone was happy to accept some gloves and scarves gloves. The RCMP officers made brief statements to those crossing and did not attempt to convince people to go to the official border crossing.
Sunday, January 28th, 2018. 3.45pm - 5.30 pm. Roxham Road, Champlain, USA.
About 21 people crossed into Canada today. The weather was mild for winter, but some people were not adequately dressed and were grateful for some warm things. Four individual young men crossed; they were from Burundi, Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A 15 year old Haitian boy crossed on his own, wanting to join his mother in Montreal and an officer spoke to him in Creole. Several families also crossed over: a Syrian family of five, a Nigerian family of five including a grandmother and a family of four of sub-Saharan African origin, and finally a single mother with a teenage boy. In all cases the RCMP officers asked the asylum seekers whether they had family in Canada, and repeated numerous times that people should go to the Lacolle border crossing.
The border visit reports are written by the volunteers who were at the border on that day. There are about 15 active volunteers in our border visit committee.