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 17th 2019. Afternoon at Roxham Road, USA.
A cold winter day at the border. While we were there a total of 8 people (4 adults and four children) crossed into Canada.
The first taxi to arrive brought a friendly man in his early thirties. He spoke little English and said he came from Yemen via Saudi Arabia. He spoke Arabic with the taxi driver. He did not need any warm things (although he was only wearing shoes). The RCMP officer spoke to him stating the protocol. At first he hesitated and the officer repeated the message. Finally the taxi driver said in Arabic 'Go, go go!'. He then crossed into Canada.
Next arrived a young woman from Uganda. She was very nervous but open to talking with us. She accepted several warm things and we exchanged a hug before she went to the border's edge. She waited there (as we explained to her) but no RCMP officer came. After a couple of minutes an officer stuck his head outside the building and said, 'You are under arrest, come over.' and she went.
Finally came a taxi with two families of African origin. One family was a young woman with a baby and the second was a woman in her late 30's with three children (aged about 14, 10 and 8).No one was dressed appropriately for the cold and they accepted some warm things. They went to the border and walked toward the RCMP officer who told them to stop more than once, but the woman with the baby, who was in front just walked by him and the rest followed. The officer was very angry and stopped them outside the building and told them they were under arrest. He berated them and asked 'Why didn't you stop when I told you? Then he started asking questions including: 'Where's the father?' ' What documents do you have?' He then took the woman with the baby inside the building and made the other family wait outside in the cold despite their inadequate clothing. They waited about 10 minutes before he took them inside.
Sunday, February 10th 2019. Afternoon at Roxham Road, USA.
The RCMP officer said it had been a quiet day so far. Just before 4pm a taxi brought one person,
a Spanish speaking man about mid 30's in age. He didn't take any warm things on offer and went straight over. Two RCMP officers met him, one of them speaking in Spanish. He crossed over without any problems. One of us asked the taxi driver if he knew where he asylum seeker was from.
He said "He speaks Spanish and I think he's either from Palestine or Mexico". :)
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.