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 March 10th in the evening and Sunday March 17th in the afternoon. Roxham Road, USA.
No one came to Roxham Road when we were there on these two dates. This reflects the decrease in the arrivals of people at Roxham Road in 2019.
So far this year, 871 refugees arrived in January and 800 in February. This is 48% less than the numbers from 2018: in January 2018 1,458 people entered through Roxham Road and in February the number was 1,486 people.
Sunday, March 3 2019. Afternoon at Roxham Road, USA.
A relatively mild day, we were able to stay outside without starting to freeze! In total six people crossed into Canada while we were there. None of the people who crossed were wearing winter boots, or good winter coats.
Two men of African origin men arrived first. We could not make out where they said they were from. They were happy to take hats and scarves. About a half hour later a taxi brought an African woman with a 2-year old girl child. She was not interested in any warm things. The taxi driver told us they were from Swaziland (a small country in southern Africa).
Shortly after, another taxi brought a young man from Ethiopia who was happy to put on a woollen hat, scarf and gloves. He crossed just after the woman and little girl crossed and he was made to wait outside the building for several minutes. We were glad he was protected from the cold.
The last person to arrive by taxi was a young woman from Lebanon. She spoke very little English, but was happy to take gloves and a scarf. We gave her a hug and wished her well in Canada.
The RCMP officers were friendly. One of them asked the man from Ethiopia where he was from, but other than that they stuck to their protocol.
Sunday, February 27 2019. Afternoon at Roxham Road, US.
Only one person crossed into Canada while we were there. A man of African origin arrived in the taxi. He did not say much but was happy to get mitts and a scarf. The RCMP officers respected their protocol and he crossed into Canada without incident.
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.